Testing of Building Structures
Structural testing is an integral part of modern construction industry procedures and is utilised for demonstrating that individual components or materials are fit for purpose and for load testing of novel or existing structures.
Testing can be carried out to established standards to demonstrate adequate performance, or can be more customised, for example for new products during development, or for certification prior to a product launch.
Full size structures may require testing in a design by test situation or in the development of novel designs or to demonstrate that an existing building can continue to meet modern standards possibly after a change of use.
As a UKAS-accredited testing laboratory (No. 0013), we can test to national, European, and international standards.
Lucideon offers testing of materials, products and structures in-house or on-site. Customised testing programmes can be designed to test novel products or structural issues that are not covered in current guidelines.
Here are some examples of the types of tests that we carry out on building structures:
- Load testing
- Impact testing
- Tensile testing
- Exposure site testing
- Strength testing
- Cable loading on support systems
- Air tightness
- Water tightness
- Light reflectance value testing
- Slip resistance testing
- Chemical testing
Lucideon is a UK Approved Body (1289) under the Construction Products Regulation (EU) 305/2011 for the assessment and verification of construction products. Lucideon maintains impartial procedures for all work performed as a UK Approved Body to safeguard its independence.
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