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Civil MDC

Code Requirements for Load Testing of Existing Concrete Structures (ACI 437.2-13) and Commentary 2

Code Requirements for Load Testing of Existing Concrete Structures (ACI 437.2-13) and Commentary

Description

The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements for the test load magnitudes, load test proce-dures, and acceptance criteria applied to existing concrete structures as part of an evaluation of safety and service-ability to determine whether an existing structure requires repair and rehabilitation, to verify the adequacy of repair and rehabilitation measures applied to an existing structure, or to provide for public health and safety through structural safety and serviceability.

The determination of situations where a load test is required is outside the scope of this code. Furthermore, this code does not address procedures for analytical strength evaluations, condition evaluation of existing structures, or assessment of structural deterioration and its consequences. The licensed design professional should advise the owner and parties participating in the load testing of a structure of the potential for damage or even failure of the portions of the structure to be load tested in accordance with the procedures of this code. Refer to 5.1 for provisions relating to safety and shoring.


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