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25 Metric Tons of Test

May 25, 2011 8:37:44 AM Published by JKI Leave a comment

When you were a kid, did you like to hammer things? The harder you pounded, the more noise you made, the happier you were…? Has that changed much? If not, you’ll love this cool LabVIEW application from Dermot Fallon in the Bay Area…

Foundation Constructors Inc. specializes in pile-driving. In other words, we hammer long cylinders made of steel and concrete into the ground to create stable foundations for buildings, bridges, and other structures.

After a building pile has been installed, our mobile, track-mounted Rapid Load Tester (RLT) drops a 25-metric-ton mass (55,000 lbs!) onto a load cell that sits on top of the pile, where large damping springs extend the load over time. The RLT, rebuilt by JKI, measures the vertical displacement of the piles as a function of the vertical force applied to them, to determine if they can safely support the structure that will be built on top of them.

Read the full case study to learn how JKI used LabVIEW and DAQ to create a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art Rapid Load Tester that gives Foundation a strong competitive advantage as they pound things into the ground…

Building Strong Foundations with JKI

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