Tinius Olsen

Plate Bearing Test Apparatus

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The Plate Bearing Test is essentially a model test of foundations. It gives the load deformation characteristics for determining the ultimate bearing capacity of foundations.
This test is a standard technique for determining bearing capacity of soils and the results of other methods are compared and calibrated with the values obtained from the plate bearing test.
In this method, a steel plate is subjected to a gradual increment of load and the corresponding settlement is noted. The ultimate bearing capacity is taken as the load at which the settlement increases at a rapid rate.

Features & Benefits

  • Applicable Standards: BS1377; EN 1997-3; ASTM D1194, D1195, D1196
  • Determination of bearing capacity of the soil in situ
  • Designing for static loads on spread footings
  • Repetitive and non-repetitive plate loading tests of soils and flexible pavement
  • Specifications

  • Loading jack: 500kN capacity with integral ball seating
  • Pump: Hand-operated, single speed with integral oil reservoir
  • Hose: 3m long. Maximum pressure 70MPa with quick release couplings
  • Gage: 100mm diaMETER with quick-release couplings and graphs to convert readings to kN, kgf and lbf
  • Weights: Loading jack 24kg, pressure system 12.5kg
  • Note: The equipment is used in conjunction with a reaction beam. This is not supplied with the equipment.