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n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Plate load test 101 : project management and construction
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
Plate load tests have been used extensively in the past to determine the bearing capacity and the stiffness of soil. Most geo-technical problems are governed by allowable settlement requirements.Therefore geo-technical professionals are continuously searching for improved test methods and new techniques to determine soil stiffness more accurately and cost-effectively.Two of the main advantages of plate load tests are the cost-effectiveness of the test and the relative straightforward test procedure. During conventional plate load tests the stiffness of the soil is determined by measuring the settlement of a plate placed on the soil surface. If the contact between the plate and the ground is not smooth, bedding errors may occur during the test, where plastic strain occurs at the contacts between the plate and the ground.
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