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Structural engineering and testing

BRE can undertake any specialist testing and investigations into the real behaviour of structures, systems and products.

Our extensive facilities offer small tests, model scale tests, large-scale load tests and fire tests on structural elements. This test capability is complemented by expertise in the analysis of structures using all materials, including non-linear finite element analysis.

Talk to us about your requirements in the areas of:

  • Steel construction
  • Concrete construction
  • Timber construction
  • Wind loading
  • Dynamic loading
  • Structural testing

Recent projects:

Testing of a working platform

This recent project involved the testing of a working platform to be used during house construction in accordance with the requirements of BS EN 12811. Tests conducted included

  • distributed loading
  • hard & soft body impacts
  • uplift

Static load testing of a new composite floor system

This new flooring system using light steel components was tested to determine the degree of composite action between the steel and the concrete floor slab.


Testing of composite joints 

This project involved testing of full sized steel/concrete composite joints to confirm their behaviour in fire following an explosion or an earthquake.


Testing the racking resistance of walls

We have recently tested the racking resistence of the walls of various off-site manufactured/MMC building systems. The data generated from the tests provides the system manufacturers with information they need in their semi-empirical approach to design against wind loading.


 Assessment of structural design of MMC systems

We have assessed the structural design procedures of a number of MMC systems as part of theri application for BRE Global technical Approval.


Structural testing to confirm the performance of re-inforced concrete beams that have a recycled aggregate content