Research Activities: 2003

Validation and Calibration of Testing Equipment for In-Situ Load Tests




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Matching Research Agency

Cannon Construction Services

Principal Investigator

Nestore Galati Ph.D
Research Scholar
University of Missouri-Rolla
221 Engineering Research Lab
Rolla, Missouri 65409
p(573) 341-6223
f(573) 341-6215


Student Involvement


Project Objectives

The objective of the proposed project is the validation and calibration of the field data acquisition system acquired to conduct in-situ load testing. The proposed project will use the results and experience gained in prior studies.


Project Abstract

A Field data-acquisition system capable to acquire measurands of interest in a load testing was acquired as part of a previous research equipment project. This project intends to validate and calibrate such equipment by conducting an in-situ load test. The calibration of the equipment will be conducted in a laboratory environment first and its validation in the field will follow. The structure chosen for such validation is the structural floor of the speed ramp in a parking garage, Buffalo, NY. The aim of the load test is to assess the structural performance of a typical cantilever portion of the floor system. Such validation will ensure that the in-house built data acquisition system is capable to perform as planned during the test and therefore to guarantee the safety of a load test.


Anticipated Benefits

The proposed research will enhance the research activities at UMR. In particular the capability to acquire measurands of interest in a load test (e.g., strains, displacements, forces and temperatures). Faculty and students of Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering will use the equipment for field testing. The equipment located at the Engineering Research Laboratory will be available for MoDOT-funded projects and other research endeavors at UMR.


Modal Orientation

Load test of infrastructures


Project Start Date:
May 1, 2004
Project End Date:September 30, 2004

Relationship to other Research/Projects

Monitoring of Bridge Structures

Technology Transfer Activities

Students will be trained in order to be able to use the equipment.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Displacement, Forces, Fiber Optics, Bridge Monitoring.