To help you understand the beam size and gauge you will need to hold your pallet load in your warehouse, this static beam capacity estimator is a very useful and handy tool. It calculates an estimated static capacity for a pair of beams loaded with product (and evenly dispersed).
The purpose of this pallet rack calculator is to estimate the non-seismic capacity of a beam based on 3 dimensions:
- Gauge – most beams are 16-gauge thick steel.
- Length of beam – measured from inside of the collar to the inside of the collar.
- Height of the face of the beam – standing in front of the beam, the vertical height from the bottom of the beam to the top of the beam.
How to use this beam capacity calculator:
Choose your beam dimension measurements in the blue selectors below. The calculator will update in the Estimated Static Capacity row for each beam:
Additional notes on this calc:
This is a tool to help you get started with the information you need, however it is not a replacement for a professional pallet rack designer and engineer, Always check calculations with certified installers or your rack manufacturer. That is the most accurate way to get the correct calculations. A certified installer can provide you with the allowable weight capacity from the International Building Code. Here are some of the factors considered in the calculations:
Seismic Zone – What is the earthquake level in your area?
Floor Design – Slab thickness, concrete strength and soil bearing
Upright – Height, width, gauge, bracing pattern and foot plate dimensions
Load Beam – Length, width, gauge, beam connect and product spacing
Most cities require a permit when product is stored at eight feet or higher. If your city requires a permit for this height, an engineer calculation package is necessary.
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