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RE: Testing Epoxied Anchors

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I have worked with hydraulic tensioners on several projects.  I would call a few of the tensioner guys like Biach Industries to see what they can do. 
Torque testing is not a good method for rating a tension load.  The AISC only allows torque as an arbitration tool.  There are several methods of load cells that you might try.  Do a Google search for "Force Washer Load Cells".  They can be rented.  Then all you need is to design a plate that can distribute the load on the substrate. 

Regards, Harold Sprague


To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Testing Epoxied Anchors
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:32:25 -0400
From: coengineer(--nospam--at)

I have seen this done many times.  There may be some inaccuracies due to the wide variations in K factors, but try to match the K to the actual condition of the rods used in the field.  Also, you will only be testing the bond strength (not concrete breakout), but this is probably appropriate for a verification type test.  Hope that helps.
Howard Silverman, PE
Covert Operations/USP Structural Connectors
-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Hauer <lhauer(--nospam--at)>
To: Struct. Eng. Assoc. <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Sat, Apr 3, 2010 8:57 am
Subject: Testing Epoxied Anchors

I performed the engineering on a seismic retrofit of a 2 story concrete exterior wall and wood roof/2nd floor building and used epoxied threaded rod anchors to connect the exterior walls to the roof/floor framing. Even though each detail had the note "Special Inspection Required",(and underlined), plus my inspection notes said that all epoxied anchors shall have "Spcial Inspection During Installation", the contractor failed to do this!

The space is very tight where the anchors have been installed and I think it is just about impossible to set up an aparatus to "pull test" the anchors and would like to torque test them using the formula of T=(KxDxFp)/12 to get the equivelent torque for required anchor tension, (2x the design load).

Does anyone have any comments on this?

Thanks in Advance,

Larry Hauer S.E.

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