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Plate Load Frame, Certified to 17T

News and Event Item

June 2010

Our custom built load frame has been certified as being capable of taking loads of up to 17T,a allowing us to test in-situ a greater variety of bearing capacities to UKAS accredited standards.

Plate load tests can be undertaken using either a suitable piece of plant supplied by the Client, for example a tracked excavator, or our custom built load frame now certified capable of taking loads of up to 17 tons.  Plate sizes of 300m, 450mm, 600mm and 750mm mean a large variety of test conditions can be created.

A plate load test is to find the bearing capacity and the settlement of a foundation, the plate is placed at the proposed level of the foundation and is subjected to incremental loading settlement. Each increment of the loading is measured and a load-settlement curve is plotted. Bearing capacity and the settlement of the foundation are determined from the Load-settlement curves.

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