Pile foundations provide support for structures, ensuring the structure on top stays in a good condition and does not sink or move around in the ground. They are formed of long tubes typically made from materials like concrete and steel.
A pile integrity test is used so ascertain the condition of a pile. Here is some more information.
Pile integrity testing is used to assess the condition of a pile, to see how it is performing and whether there are any flaws in it. This then allows a worker to repair the pile and prevent any further damage from occurring.
Pile testing is used because once in place, pile foundations can be difficult to assess and test compared to elements that are not in the ground. Pile testing is usually low-strain and non-destructive, so that the pile itself does not become damaged from the impact of the testing.
Two types of pile integrity tests are static load and dynamic load pile testing. A static load test measures the load bearing capacity of piles when the load is static. This can test for a few different things, such as tension and the constant rate of penetration.
In contrast a dynamic load test measures the dynamic forces and motions that occur when the pile is struck with a testing rig hammer. This will indicate the typical behaviour of the pile and assess the bearing capacity of it.
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