Floor Test in the George Mason Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia
Willis A. Slater
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Three panels of the first floor of the George Mason Hotel were tested. The load was applied in three stages, the first and third stages being one and two times the total design load, the second stage representing the dead load plus twice the live load. Strains were measured at 55 places on the reinforcement and 9 places on the concrete. Deflections were observed at the centers of the test panels and the two adjoining unloaded panels, also at the centers of all beams supporting the loaded panels. The stresses in the slab reinforcement were not proportional to the loads applied, but increased more rapidly at the higher than at the lower loads.