ASTM E73 - 13

    Standard Practice for Static Load Testing of Truss Assemblies

    Active Standard ASTM E73 | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.11


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This practice provides a guide to any individual, group, agency, or code body on the methods of test for truss assemblies fabricated from all types of construction materials. Sample size is generally kept to a minimum to reduce costs. The methods may be used to apply proof loads to an assembly or to test it to failure. Information obtained includes strength and stiffness data, and if assemblies are tested to their ultimate load carrying capacity, the failure method or mechanism can be observed.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is intended as a guide for use in the testing of truss assemblies fabricated from all types of construction materials. While the practice may be used for the testing of a variety of assemblies, it is primarily intended to be used in the testing of those trusses designed to be spaced at 1.2 m centers or greater. It can be used, but it is not normally intended, for the testing of wood residential trussed rafters. Either proof tests or tests to destruction may be run.

    1.2 Limitations—It is not intended that this practice be used for routine quality control testing.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Section 7.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E196 Practice for Gravity Load Testing of Floors and Low Slope Roofs

    E575 Practice for Reporting Data from Structural Tests of Building Constructions, Elements, Connections, and Assemblies

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.080.99 (Other structures)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30103600(Structural products)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0073-13

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