Load Testing of Bridges, featuring contributions from almost fifty authors from around the world across two interrelated volumes, deals with the practical aspects, the scientific developments, and the international views on the topic of load testing of bridges.

Volume 13, Load Testing of Bridges: Proof Load Testing and the Future of Load Testing, focuses first on proof load testing of bridges. It discusses the specific aspects of proof load testing during the preparation, execution, and post-processing of such a test (Part 1). The second part covers the testing of buildings. The third part discusses novel ideas regarding measurement techniques used for load testing. Methods using non-contact sensors, such as photography- and video-based measurement techniques are discussed. The fourth part discusses load testing in the framework of reliability-based decision-making and in the framework of a bridge management program. The final part of the book summarizes the knowledge presented across the two volumes, as well as the remaining open questions for research, and provides practical recommendations for engineers carrying out load tests.

This work will be of interest to researchers and academics in the field of civil/structural engineering, practicing engineers and road authorities worldwide.

part I|105 pages

Proof Load Testing of Bridges

chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

Methodology for Proof Load Testing

ByEva O. L. Lantsoght

chapter Chapter 2|39 pages

Load Rating of Prestressed Concrete Bridges without Design Plans by Nondestructive Field Testing

ByDavid V. Jauregui, Brad D. Weldon, Carlos V. Aguilar

chapter Chapter 3|39 pages

Example of Proof Load Testing from Europe

ByEva O. L. Lantsoght, Dick A. Hordijk, Rutger T. Koekkoek, Cor van der Veen

part II|36 pages

Testing of Buildings

chapter Chapter 4|33 pages

Load Testing of Concrete Building Constructions

ByGregor Schacht, Guido Bolle, Steffen Marx

part III|119 pages

Advances in Measurement Techniques for Load Testing

chapter Chapter 5|24 pages

Digital Image and Video-Based Measurements

ByMohamad Alipour, Ali Shariati, Thomas Schumacher, Devin K. Harris, Charles J. Riley

chapter Chapter 6|30 pages

Acoustic Emission Measurements for Load Testing

ByMohamed K. ElBatanouny, Rafal Anay, Marwa A. Abdelrahman, Paul Ziehl

chapter Chapter 7|36 pages

Fiber Optics for Load Testing

ByJoan R. Casas, António Barrias, Gerardo Gutiérrez Rodriguez, Sergi Villalba

chapter Chapter 8|27 pages

Deflection Measurement on Bridges by Radar Techniques

ByCarmelo Gentile

part IV|96 pages

Load Testing in the Framework of Reliability-Based Decision-Making and Bridge Management Decisions

chapter Chapter 9|32 pages

Reliability-Based Analysis and Life-Cycle Management of Load Tests

ByDan M. Frangopol, David Y. Yang, Eva O. L. Lantsoght, Raphaël D. J. M. Steenbergen

chapter Chapter 11|14 pages

Load Testing as Part of Bridge Management in Sweden

ByLennart Elfgren, Bjorn Täljsten, Thomas Blanksvärd

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

Load Testing as Part of Bridge Management in the Netherlands

ByAne de Boer

part V|6 pages

Conclusions and Outlook

chapter Chapter 13|4 pages

Conclusions and Outlook

ByEva O. L. Lantsoght