Beam Experiments on Acceptance Criteria for Bridge Load Tests

Eva Lantsoght, Yuguang Yang, Cor van der Veen, A. de Boer, Dick Hordijk

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Loading protocols and acceptance criteria are available in the literature for load tests on buildings. For bridges, proof load tests are interesting when crucial information about the structure is missing, or when the uncertainties about the structural response are large. The acceptance criteria can then be applied to evaluate if further loading is acceptable, or could lead to permanent damage to the structure. To develop loading protocols and acceptance criteria for proof loading of reinforced concrete bridges, beam experiments were analyzed. In these experiments, different loading speeds, constant load level times, numbers of loading cycles, and required number of load levels were evaluated. The result of these experiments is the development of a standard loading protocol for the proof loading of reinforced concrete bridges. Based on these limited test results, recommendations for acceptance criteria are also proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberTitle No. 114-S84
Pages (from-to)1031-1042
JournalACI Structural Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • acceptance criteria
  • beam test
  • bending
  • load test
  • loading protocol
  • proof loading
  • reinforced concrete slab
  • shear
  • slab bridge


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