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APPLE Load Testing Systems are available with a range of modular weights from 1 to 80 tons.

APPLE Systems are an attractive alternative to static testing of any deep foundation and are designed to activate a large range of test loads.

When a suitable ram is not immediately available at the testing location, GRL chooses from its family of APPLE load testing systems that can be configured for a wide range of weights. APPLE systems may be delivered to projects anywhere in the continental USA.

APPLE systems include a guide frame, a modular ram and a release mechanism. The rams of some APPLE systems may be instrumented, or a load cell may be used to simplify measurements of force.

A contractor assembles the APPLE in a relatively short time, and can easily move it from shaft to shaft. The APPLE guide frame not only facilitates a well-aligned ram impact, but also serves to support the ram weight prior to impact. In this way, the crane is not subjected to a sudden load release. The guide frame is positioned over the foundation and evenly supported on the ground. After the drop weight is raised to the desired drop height, a hydraulic clamp first transfers the load to the frame and then releases it, causing a free ram fall. The ram impacts the top of the foundation, generating the forces and velocities required for the Dynamic Load Test.        

GRL offers an APPLE Dynamic Load Testing System that’s right for your project:

  • APPLE I – modular weights from 7 to 15 tons
  • APPLE II – modular weights from 4 to 20 tons
  • APPLE III – modular weights from 7 to 15 tons
  • APPLE IV – modular weights from 4 to 40 tons
  • APPLE V – modular weights from 8 to 16 tons
  • APPLE VI – Single ram 4.5 tons
  • APPLE VII – 1 ton RAM, built for helical and other small piles
  • APPLE VIII – modular weights from 4 to 80 tons
  • APPLE IX – modular weights from 4 to 24 tons              

Accelerometers and strain transducers attached to the foundation measure force and velocity as the drop weight hits it. Instead of strain transducers, GRL may also use a force transducer, which speeds up the test. GRL analyzes data in real time with the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA) dynamic testing system. Data is further analyzed with the CAPWAP® software. GRL engineers furnish a detailed report for each Dynamic Load Testing project that includes a simulated static load test in the form of a calculated load-set curve.

Most GRL Engineers have achieved Advanced level or higher on the PDCA/PDI Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test.

Dynamic Load Tests are standardized by ASTM D4945-12 Standard Test Method for High-Strain Dynamic Testing of Piles. The test may also be configured to meet the requirements of the Rapid Load Test standard ASTM D7383 provided an adequate ram is available.

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Find out which APPLEs meet your needs, then contact the GRL office that serves your project location to discuss your specific project requirements.

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Standard GRL-Cell Details*

GRL-Cell Capacity (tons) Maximum Test Load (tons) Outside Diameter (inches) Maximum Stroke (inches)
350 750 12 9
750 1500 16 9
1100 2200 21 9
1500 3000 23 9
2000 4000 28 9

*GRL-Cell sizes are subject to change.

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