The range of apparatus and testing methods available make it an ideal choice for testing a range of structural solutions, including slabs, beams, floor joists, roof trusses, wall panels, floor system components, connection details, compression members and struts, both at room temperature and at temperatures up to 1200°C.
Our mechanical loading rigs can test up to 100 kN, 250 kN and 500 kN, respectively, and are adaptable to accommodate a wide range of structural systems in tension, compression, bending and shear. We have previously conducted product qualification and knowledge development testing for modular construction contractors, chipboard manufacturers and CLT manufacturers.
500 kN hydraulic-load test rig for member tests up to 5 m spans
250 kN Universal machine for component testing
100 kN Universal machine for material specimens
Concrete compression test machine
Ceramic heating pads capable of heating to 1200°C with fully programmable time-temperature curves
Dynamic shake table
Full mechanical workshop to produce required components and fittings
Full complement of linear transducers and strain gauges.
Examples of standards that testing has been performed in accordance with:
BS EN ISO 6892-1:2009 (Tensile tests of metallic materials)
BS EN ISO 6892-2:2011 (Tensile tests of metallic materials at elevated temperatures)
BS EN ISO 15630-1:2010 (Testing of reinforcing steel)
BS EN 12390-3:2009 (Strength of concrete columns)
BS EN 12390-5:2009 (Strength of concrete beams and slabs)
BS EN 408:2010 (Determination of material properties of timber)
BS 5268-3:2006 (Timber roof rafters)
Testing in accordance with other standards also possible upon review
Previous and ongoing test campaigns:
Resistance of high-strength steel connections in fire
Material characterisation of metallic foams
Product qualification testing of adapted timber floor joists
Product qualification of recycled glass bead structural members