Structural Integrity Testing
There are a range of different tests you may need to complete to ensure your structural component complies with Australian Standards and can be used in the Australian marketplace. RSA have carried out a significant volume of testing on a variety of construction systems and componentry, and are capable of providing you a full suite of structural testing services. In addition to the specific tests detailed below, RSA can review your requirements and come up with a test regime to suit your specific needs.
Static Wind Load Testing to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011
RSA conduct static wind load testing to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 by incrementally and uniformly loading a test panel using dead weight depending on the wind region and terrain category. Deflection of the test panel is measured throughout the loading process. Additional measurements are taken when the load is removed from the test panel.
Racking Wind Load Testing to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011
For each test panel a jack is placed horizontally to exert a force on the panel to simulate wind load on the building. The force applied is measured with a compression load cell. Deflection under load is measured and is part of the pass/fail criteria of the test.
Large Cyclonic Debris Impact Testing to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011
RSA simulate debris impact loading by dropping a length of hardwood timber 100mm x 50mm, weighted with steel plates. Adjusting the height of the drop and the weight of the plates allows us to simulate the required kinetic energy.
Small Cyclonic Debris Impact Testing to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011
The recent revision to AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 introduced an additional test to Clause 2.5.8; impact loading from windborne debris. This new test is referred to as the spherical steel ball test and comprises an 8mm spherical steel ball with a mass of 2g impacting the test subject at 0.4VR for horizontal trajectories and 0.3VR for vertical trajectories.
RSA has developed an 8mm steel ball testing facility in Perth, WA. Our testing procedures meet the requirements of AS/NZS 1170.2:2011 and the Queensland Government’s Design Guidelines for Queensland Public Cyclone Shelters. Accuracy of test results is ensured by using the latest digital calibrated chronographs, backed by RSA’s experienced, well trained engineers following the procedures and guidelines in place.
Impact testing of buildings is only required in cyclone regions of Australia. Testing your buildings and construction methods ensures they are up to the required standards and provides peace of mind when providing buildings in these high wind load regions. RSA have over 30 years experience in wind engineering for cyclone regions, so speak to us about your testing requirements and we can facilitate any testing you need!