Code Requirements for Load Testing of Existing Concrete Structures (ACI 437.2-13) and Commentary
|Publication Date:||1 January 2013|
The requirements of this code shall govern for the evaluation of safety and serviceability of members in existing concrete structures by load testing.
The requirements of this code shall apply to reinforced concrete with prestressed reinforcement, nonprestressed reinforcement, or both.
Procedures and requirements provided in this code are not applicable to existing structures having concretes with compressive strengths above 8000 psi unless permitted by the licensed design professional.
For structures being erected under the requirements of a legally adopted general building code, of which ACI 318-11 forms a part, this standard shall not replace Chapter 20 of ACI 318-11.
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements for the test load magnitudes, load test procedures, and acceptance criteria applied to existing concrete structures as part of an evaluation of safety and serviceability to determine whether an existing structure requires repair and rehabilitation, to verify the adequacy of repair and rehabilitation measures applied to an existing structure, or to provide for public health and safety through structural safety and serviceability.
Load tests shall be conducted according to load test procedures as described in Chapter 5.
All references in this code to the licensed design professional shall be understood to mean persons who are licensed to practice structural design in the jurisdiction where this code is being used. The licensed design professional for a project is responsible for and in charge of the evaluation of safety and serviceability.