Design, Analysis & Commissioning Of A Tailor-Made Aerial Work Platform (AWP)
An novel design of telescopic steel lattice structure was designed for a customized AWP solution to cater the
needs of repair and maintenance of a huge radio telescope. The steel structure of AWP has vertical members and lacings of
Indian standard steel L angles of different dimensions. Diagonal & K type lacing has been used. The actuation mechanism
has been mounted on a plus shaped frame of standard C channels. The AWP has been designed to reach 11 meters height.
Commercially available elevator product like T rails & shoes have been used for achieving telescopic motion. The use of
hydraulics has been discussed for linear actuation mechanisms. FEA package ANSYS Workbench has been used to verify
veracity of analytical structure design. The FEA results were used to reinforce the steel structure in areas wherestress
concentration had been highlighted.
Keywords Aerial Work Platform, Steel frame column, L & C sections, FEA of steel structures, Lacing Design.