What Does Plate Load Test Mean?
Plate load test is used to determine soil characteristics such as ultimate bearing capacity, soil stiffness and the tendency of soil settlement. It is conducted on the subgrade, base and surface layers of the test area. These factors are important in trenchless technology to design buried pipelines and in the design of temporary working platforms for drill rigs.
The plate load test can be carried out on cohesion-free, sandy and clayey soil.