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Failure Analysis and Testing of an Overhead Door Design

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Christopher Clarke, Stephen Forrest, Lauren Bell

SAFE, Goleta, CA

Brian Herbst

SAFE Laboratories, Goleta, CA

Paper No. IMECE2015-52404, pp. V014T08A002; 9 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 14: Emerging Technologies; Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis; Materials: Genetics to Structures
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 13–19, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5757-1
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Overhead doors see widespread use, primarily in garage door and truck body applications. Although overhead door systems can appear benign to users, there are some types of door system failures that can expose users to potentially injurious hazards. This paper will present the design and operation of an overhead door system in widespread use, the potential hazards of the system, and the possible failure modes of the system. A methodology will be presented that was used to analyze a door system that malfunctioned and resulted in a serious injury to a user. A test matrix which was used to analyze and replicate this malfunction is also presented.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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