Development of Draft Protocol for Testing of Structural Components and Systems
(a joint initiative of MoHUPA under technology submission of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna & IIT, KANPUR)
There is an urgent need to develop protocols for structural testing of components of housing units and models of prototype housing units with emphasis on natural disasters (primarily earthquakes & tsunamis and cyclonic storms etc.). Though there is a lot of reference material available, the tests reported have been carried out under different conditions on ‘specimens’ of different sizes, prepared under varying conditions, etc. making a direct comparison of results difficult. Similarly, data on composite units is very limited, and the problem of accounting for the difference on account of workmanship makes any comparison difficult. Given the massive scale of housing units to be completed under the scheme, it is important that the technical tasks outline above are taken up on priority and a basic framework for testing of components and units be made available for field engineers.