This NORDTEST method concerns test loading of loadbearing exterior walls. The method involves the use of vertical dead and live loads combined with a static, uniformly distributed windload. The method may also be applied for testing of interior walls designed to withstand internal windloads.
FIELD OF APPLICATION
The method is primarily designed for prototype-testing of loadbearing light wall structures with a hight less than approximately 3 m, but the test principle may also be used on higher walls and/or heavy massive structures. The purpose of testing may be for control of strength and rigidity of a product, or for structural design of walls where calculations alone are difficult or uncertain. Prefabricated wall elements are typical test objects, even with windows and doors installed.