Experimental loading tests effectively determine building structural load carrying capacity and are used in situations when it is not possible to identify structural load carrying capacity of buildings in compliance with building regulations and standards by calculations or project documentation is not available.
Loading tests are divided in destructive and nondestructive. The first case determines ultimate limit of load carrying capacity of structures until its complete collapse. The latter identifies operational load carrying capacity of structures.
CMB offers nondestructive loading tests in collaboration with German partners – Institute of Experimental Statics of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences.
By a nondestructive experimental loading test it is possible to identify load carrying capacity reserves of structures. No permanent damage is caused to the structures during the test and their condition does not deteriorate after the test.
Such approach effectively proves load carrying capacity of historical buildings / structures and those designed based on national standards before adaptation of Eurocodes. Experience shows that results of loading tests are always better than those delivered by a mathematical model.