STP702

    Evaluation of Performance by Full-Scale Testing

    Published: Jan 1980


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    Abstract

    This paper presents an extension of topics related to full-scale structural testing that were discussed during the Engineering Foundation Conference held in Rindge, N. H., in 1976. It amplifies the role that full-scale testing has had in the evaluation of performance of structures. Five examples of actual applications of full-scale testing are presented to illustrate various testing methods, aspects of planning, criteria for the evaluation of the test results, and data recording methods. The fundamental aim of the paper is to present useful information on practical applications of full-scale structural testing for the evaluation of performance and significant planning considerations.

    Keywords:

    buildings, bridges, structural testing, building codes, concrete, steel, light gage steel structures, composite construction, deflection, deformation, construction materials, experimental techniques, strain gages


    Author Information:

    Guedelhoefer, OC
    Principal, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc., Willowbrook, Ill.

    Janney, JR
    Chief executive officer, Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, Northbrook, Ill.


    Paper ID: STP27136S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27136S


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