Example of Proof Load Testing from Europe

Eva Lantsoght, Dick Hordijk, Rutger Koekkoek, Cor van der Veen

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This chapter describes the proof load testing of viaduct Zijlweg at a position that is critical for bending moment and at a position that is critical for shear. The viaduct Zijlweg has cracking caused by alkali-silica reaction, and the effect of material degradation on the capacity is uncertain. Therefore, the assessment of this viaduct was carried out with a proof load test. This chapter details the preparation, execution, and evaluation of viaduct Zijlweg. The outcome of the proof load test is, according to the currently used methods for proof load testing, that the viaduct fulfills the code requirements, and that strengthening or posting is not required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLoad Testing of Bridges
Subtitle of host publicationProof Load Testing and the Future of Load Testing
EditorsEva Lantsoght
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9780429265969
ISBN (Print)9780367210830
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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