Plate Bearing Test (also known as Plate
Loading Test) is commonly used to determine the safe bearing
capacity (in kN/m2) of a ground by directly applying the
required load onto the ground surface via a steel plate. This
method is suitable for the design of shallow foundation such as
The Plate Bearing Test is carried out in
accordance to Clause 29 of BS 5930:1981. Plate size could be vary
according to the site requirement and constrain. Suitable
kentledge frame and counterweight would be set up on site so that
loading can be applied to the steel plate by using a hydraulic jack.
During the test, the load (bearing pressure)
is applied in a few equal increments at the specified holding time
up to the required test load before unloading in a few equal
decrements in the same manner. The movement/settlement
of the plate were recorded for the entire loading and unloading for
the final reporting.
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