Guidance for Load Tests of Buildings

by Neal FitzSimons, (F.ASCE), Engrg. Counsel; Kensington, Md.,
Anatole Longinow, (A.M.ASCE), Manager; Struct. Analysis Section, Engrg. Mechanics Div., IIT Research Inst., Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 7, Pg. 1367-1380

Document Type: Journal Paper


Detailed guidance for the planning and execution of load tests on completed buildings is presented. This guidance was originally developed from work of ASTM Committee E06.14 and now forms the basis for the newly organized ASCE-ASTM joint committee. Background information is presented on the reasons for load testing, recommended testing observation and reporting procedures, magnitude and duration of test loads, and allowable deformations and defects. Sources of information include codes and documents of American, British, Canadian, and European studies.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Load factors | Load duration | Joints | Deformation (mechanics) | Defects and imperfections | Building codes

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