Destructive tests are carried out beyond the specimen’s collapsing point to understand its performance or material behaviour, and its ability to support a designed load (weight, force, etc.) without breaking, fracturing or deforming excessively. Walling, cladding, flooring or roofing systems and fenestration or ancillary components are some of the specimens usually tested.
Tests we do to support Structural and Integrity testing:
- Load testing: BS EN ISO 844:2014 (plastics); BS EN 826:2013 (insulation); BS EN ISO 9969:2016 and WIS No. 4-31-05 (pipes); BS EN 14609:2014 and BS EN 14351-1:2006+A1:2010 (windows and doors)
- Flexural: BS EN ISO 178:2010+A1:2013 (plastics); BS EN ISO 13968:2008 and WIS No. 4-31-05 (pipes)
- Tensile: BS EN ISO 527-3:1996; BS 2782:1995 (plastics); HAPAS Guidelines (Bridge decks); BS EN 1607:2013 (insulation)
- Bending strength: BS EN 492:2004 (MOAT 48 App C Mtd 3) (Roofing slates); BS EN 12089 (Insulation); BS EN 12467 7.3.2 (FRC boards); MOAT 17 (Windows)
- Shear: BS EN 12317-2 (Roofing-PVC); BS ISO 1922 or BS EN 12090 (Insulation); BS EN 14024 (Windows)
- Creep: BS EN 1606;2013 (insulation)
“Breaking in” testing for windows and doors:
- PAS 24:2012 & 2016 for security hardware and cylinder tests, manipulation, infill – manual and mechanical – manual cutting, mechanical loads and impact testing.
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