Certification ensures that individuals have been trained to install adhesive anchors that are subject to sustained tension in difficult orientations, French explains. Other requirements include product qualification, which includes a battery of product tests to determine the strengths of the adhesive anchors in a variety of situations and environments. In addition, the tests provide information on the sensitivity of the anchors to installation, said French.

With the 2014 revamp under way, “we would not have published a whole code this year, if not for the addition of the adhesive-anchor requirements,” said Poston, who thinks the ACI 318-14 effort will pay off. “We think the 2014 code will be stable for a long time.”

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