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I've recently looked into this as well. Same disclaimer as you, plus I'm not even any type of engineer. Safety wise, and rack issues aside, your numbers seem low to me (but I can't say with any certainty). From what I understand you need to calculate force of impact for this type of problem: force = (mass * gravity * height) / distance e.g. (500 x 9.81 x 2 ) ...

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