Value-Addition Through Innovation

Testing Approach

To give you a sense for how SBCRI approaches testing, here are the steps we typically go through:

Step 1: Define how the building material or method to be tested applies within a structure and then review the appropriate building code requirements. Once the code provisions are identified, define how the performance evaluation will be accomplished to satisfy the requirements of the code.

Step 2: Define the best testing approach for product performance, accuracy, code compliance, and identify the design values that are needed for the product to succeed in the market.

Step 3: Identify the key limit states that will define product performance so that engineers can use the design values generated to perform reliable design.

Step 4: Choose the most effective testing technique that conforms to an established ASTM or equivalent standards.

Step 5: Conduct building material or method testing.

Step 6: Testing generates load deformation curves and ultimate strength or limit state, test values.

Step 7: Test data is used to define allowable stress or limit state design values.

Step 8: Test data is also analyzed to understand an assembly's flow of loads (i.e. load path), allowing us to verify that the design values established are accurate and precisely relevant to real world product/system performance.

Step 9: If desired, SBCRI can also calibrate test data into a 3D finite element computer design model mapping load path data.