Primer on Bridge Load Testing

Load testing of bridges to assess bridge performance has been in practice since at least 1891 in Switzerland. In times when engineering models were not as accurate and available as today, a critical step in the construction of a bridge was to load test prior to opening or during the opening ceremony of the bridge. Several bridges, including ones in Serbia, Switzerland, and France, collapsed during such load tests. While advanced calculation methods are available to determine the ultimate capacity of exis...

Published: November 8, 2019