Development of a multilevel design approach of Automated Rack Supported Warehouses

Automated Rack Supported Warehouses (ARSWs) are huge steel buildings nowadays offering the ultimate storage solution for palletized goods, being the available space fully exploited and the handling of goods totally automated. They actually constitute the evolution of ordinary steel racks, since in ARSWs racks not only bear the weight of the goods but also constitute the structure of the warehouse. At now, no specific standards are available for the design of such particular structures characterized by specific requirements. The only available are indeed the standards for ordinary steel racks (EN15512 and EN16618) and those for steel construction (e.g. UNI EN1993 – 1), but they are not suitable for the design of ARSWs.
STEELWAR research project aims to define a multilevel design approach for ARSWs, focused on fulfil all the specific requirements connected to all their life stages: construction phase, serviceability limit state and ultimate limit state.

Principal investigator

Gruppo di ricerca
Prof. Ing. Walter Salvatore, Ing. Francesco Morelli, Ing. Silvia Caprili


FINCON Consulting Italia S.r.l (Italy)
National Technical University of Athens NTUA (Greece)
Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium)
Noega Systems S.L. (Spain)
Modulblok S.p.A. (Italy)
SACMA S.p.A. (Italy)
NEDCON Magazijninrichting B.V. (Netherlands)
MECALUX, S.A. (Spain)
System Logistics S.p.A. (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

S. Caprili, F. Morelli, A. Natali, W. Salvatore. “Design and analysis of automated rack supported warehouses”. The Open Civil Engineering Journal, 2018, 12, 150 -166.
DOI: 10.2174/1874149501812010150.