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KIT Steel & Lightweight Structures, Reseach Center for Steel. Timber & Masonry offers the following services

 

Joining and welding technology, metallic materials

  • Manufacturer’s qualification for welding (e.g. for steel structures according to DIN 18 800 part 7; for reinforcement steel according to DIN 4099; etc.), certification of companies according to the latest standards and guidelines
  • Assessment of welder and operator examinations and issuing of appropriate certificates
  • Ultrasonic testing
  • X-ray examination
  • Determination and assessment of component specific production control tests
  • Determination and assessment of procedure qualification tests
  • Monitoring of welding fabrication
  • Inspection of buildings in view of effectiveness and condition of connections
  • Investigation of fatigue behaviour of welded components and connections
  • Investigation of brittle fracture of structural components
  • Surveillance of corrosion protection
  • Investigation of corrosion behaviour of nonmetals and plastics
  • External control of construction materials of manufacturers mentioned above as approved body according to regional building laws of the German States, to the Building Products Guideline of the European Union and to the Building Products Act of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Investigation of old, ageing steel materials regarding residual carrying capacity, weldability, etc.
  • Investigation of residual carrying capacity of cast iron columns in old buildings
  • Investigation of steel- and cast iron materials

 

Lightweight construction

  • Investigation of load bearing behaviour of trapezoidal sheetings
  • Investigation of load bearing behaviour of waffles
  • Investigation of load bearing behaviour of sandwich panels with steel or aluminium coatings and cores made of different foamed materials
  • Investigation of cold formed lightweight profiles, such as U-, C- or Z-sections
  • Investigation of angled or ridged facade elements
  • Investigation of post and beam constructions for facade areas

 

Glass

  • Testing of load bearing behaviour of glazed panels und fastenings
  • Notch tests of drop-securing glazings (TRAV), drop impact tests of accessible and walkable glazings
  • External control of construction materials of manufacturers mentioned above as approved body according to regional building laws of the German States, to the Building Products Guideline of the European Union and to the Building Products Act of the Federal Republic of Germany

 

Scaffolding

  • Testing of scaffoldings and scaffolding parts

High-strength tension members and tension member systems

  • Testing of wires and high-strength tension members
  • Testing of prefabricated high-strength tension members (ropes, cables, etc.)
  • Testing of tension members
  • External control of construction materials of manufacturers mentioned above as approved body according to regional building laws of the German States, to the Building Products Guideline of the European Union and to the Building Products Act of the Federal Republic of Germany

 

 

Plastics

  • Investigation of the load bearing behaviour of plastic components
  • Investigation of the load bearing behaviour of building components with a composite of metal and plastic materials (sandwich elements)
  • External control of construction materials of manufacturers mentioned above as approved body according to regional building laws of the German States, to the Building Products Guideline of the European Union and to the Building Products Act of the Federal Republic of Germany

 

Reinforcing steel

  • Testing of low-and high-alloyed-reinforcing steels e.g. reinforcing steel, weld meshes, lattice beams, reinforcing elements etc.
  • External control of construction materials of manufacturers mentioned above as approved body according to regional building laws of the German States, to the Building Products Guideline of the European Union and to the Building Products Act of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Testing of welded reinforcing steels, e.g. welded joints of high-alloyed chromium-nickel steels with low-alloyed-reinforcing steels

 

Corrosion

  • Testing of corrosion-resistance of metallic coatings
  • Testing of corrosion-resistance of nonmetallic coatings
  • Testing of corrosion-resistance of high grade steel products

 

Hollow sections and tubular constructions

  • Testing of and advice for special structures
  • Investigation of hollow sections under predominantly non-static loading
  • Offshore-technology
  • Structural bearings for civil engineering

 

Fire behaviour of building products

The institute offers proofs of fire behaviour of building products of building material class B1/B2 according to DIN 4102, within the frame of accordance testing of building products according to the Building Rule List A, Part 1 and admittances.

The services include:

  • Trapezoidal steel profiles and corrugated steel profiles with analytically determined load carrying capacity, made of organic coated strips and sheets with metal coatings
  • Thin-walled, cold-formed components made of strips with organic coating and coated metal sheets Cold-formed sheets/profiles made of reinforcement steel for superstructure work Components made of fiberglass-reinforced plastics
  • Sandwich elements
  • Structural elements made of thermoplasics
  • Coated fabrics
  • Membranes made of film or coated fabric

 

Mechanical joints

  • Testing of special lightweight fasteners e.g. screws and bolts
  • Testing of metric screws, nuts and washers (mechanical properties, corrosion prevention)
  • Testing of HV-mountings up to and including M64
  • Testing of special screws, e.g. hammer-head bolt, hanger bolt, dowels for composite steel construction
  • Testing of linear fastening systems, e.g. t-nuts, screw holes, etc.
  • Testing of rooftop fastening systems, e.g. for solar plants and signage on roofs
  • External control of construction materials of manufacturers mentioned above as approved body according to regional building laws of the German States, to the Building Products Guideline of the European Union and to the Building Products Act of the Federal Republic of Germany