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Building Structures Testing

Structural testing is an integral part of the modern construction industry, whether it be proving individual components or materials are fit for purpose or load testing novel or existing structures.  Structural testing can be done to established standards to demonstrate adequate performance or can be more customized, for example for new products during development or for certification prior to product launch.

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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.  We offer testing of materials, products and structures in-house or on-site and often design customized testing programmes to test novel products or structural issues which are not covered in current guidelines.

Tests

Here are some examples of the types of tests that we carry out on structures:

  • Load testing
  • Impact testing
  • Tensile testing
  • Exposure site testing
  • Strength testing
  • Weatherability
  • Durability
  • Settlement
  • Fatigue
  • Cable loading on support systems
  • Air tightness
  • Water tightness
  • Light reflectance value testing
  • Slip resistance testing
  • Chemical testing.

Lucideon is a Notified Body (NB 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 Notified Body to safeguard its independence.

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