Assessment of performance of reinforced concrete strips by in-place load testing

Antonio De Luca, Hany Jawaheri Zadeh, Antonio Nanni

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A three-story apartment building on the University of Miami campus, built in 1947 and scheduled for demolition in the spring of 2011, was used as a research test bed. Two identical strips of the one-way reinforced concrete (RC) slab of the first floor of the building were saw cut and load-tested according to the ACI 437-12 load test protocol. After conducting the load test, the slab strips were loaded to failure. This allowed for observations on the margin of safety with respect to failure, a determination that is not generally possible in a proof load test. The analysis of the results provides experimental evidence on the validity of the load test practice for the assessment of structural members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)813-821
Number of pages9
JournalACI Structural Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Acceptance criteria
  • Cyclic load test
  • Load testing
  • Monotonic load test
  • One-way slab
  • Reinforced concrete
  • Structural assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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