Load Testing


Load testing of building components or elements is a popular means of demonstrating a structure's capabilities when a simple analysis is not practical. A variety of loading techniques can be applied according to the weight required, the condition of the building and logistical limitations. Water and kentledge are the most popular methods.


For safety reason barriers located in and about buildings, as well as external balcony balustrading and temporary edge protective systems are required to meet particular codes based on their design and location.  Compliance is normally demonstrated by inspection and load/displacement testing of the barrier...


When a bridge fails its assessment for 40 tonne vehicles one of the available options is supplementary load testing. This procedure can identify hidden strengths in the structure arising from a variety of sources to contribute towards avoidance of the need to conduct costly and disruptive strengthening works.


Failure of inadequate barriers has resulted in cars falling from car parks. Barriers should be designed and installed in accordance with the requirements of BS 6180:1999 ‘Code of Practice for Barriers in and about Buildings'.


Crush Barriers and other structures play an essential part in crowd control and safety at Sports Stadia. Stringent testing and inspection is therefore essential to ensure that their performance satisfies the Home Office requirements...


Sandberg has apparatus for carrying out hard and soft body cladding system impact tests. The tests are undertaken in accordance with the methods of BS 8200:1985 Code of practice for design of non-loadbearing external vertical enclosures of buildings.


Load testing of safety fences and safety barriers supporting posts and anchorages is required by DTp Specification for Highway Work Park 1 Series 400. Post foundation testing involves in situ loading and monitoring of the angular rotation of the post and its support. A high degree of accuracy is needed requiring skilled personnel.


Glass barrier panels forming part of balconies, balustrades or parapets are required to meet the impact test requirements as laid down in BS6180:1999 'Barriers in and about Buildings' and BS6206:1981 'Impact Performance Requirements for Flat Safety Glass and Safety Plastics for use in Buildings'.

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