Lucideon has released a new white paper entitled ‘Offsite Construction: The Relevance of Full Scale Testing’.
Lucideon provides materials development, testing and analysis services to a wide range of industries, including construction.
Director and principal consultant at Lucideon, Dr Geoff Edgell wrote the paper discussing the benefits of testing whole structures, opposed to independently testing the elements that make up a structure.
Dr Edgell supports his argument with case study examples, using recent trends seen in the Lucideon structural testing laboratories.
“There is great value in testing components and sub-assemblies, especially during design and development, however there is also a significant argument for full scale testing,” Dr Edgell explains.
“We quite often see a difference in the behaviour of sub-assemblies and individual elements when incorporated in a full scale structure as opposed to when they are tested independently or as part of a structure. We often see substantial differences, beyond what might be predicted and testing can provide important information to assess and calculate the performance of the structure,” he added.
Lucideon’s structural testing laboratories have multi-storey facilities for testing large scale structures, as well as a wide range of test rigs to simulate environmental and physical conditions. Its expert structural scientists and engineers can also perform specialist on-site testing and analysis for large scale structures.
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