Definition of live load in English:

live load


  • The weight of people or goods in a building or vehicle.

    Often contrasted with dead load
    • ‘Within the brick hulk, where floors can support a live load of 3 tonnes per square metre, up to 700 parking spaces and a services level can be tucked out of sight.’
    • ‘The beams of a deck are intermediate structural members, transferring the dead loads of the joists (if used) and decking and live loads to the post or pier.’
    • ‘Preliminary calculations indicated that snow, ice, and code-prescribed roof live loads would not significantly control the design of the final structure.’
    • ‘Exhibit floors are designed for 350 psf of live load.’
    • ‘The research undertaken was applied to the architect's design, with analysis rafter self-weight, and theoretical dead loads of bamboo sheeting and live loads representing rain and maintenance.’
    • ‘For example, a deck that is attached to a house on two sides is more stable than one that's only attached on one side, and a large deck with lots of occupants will want to move more than a small deck with less live load on it.’
    • ‘Load effects can be due to wind, temperature, and live loads.’
    • ‘Most codes require a deck to support an estimated live load of 40 pounds per square foot combined with a 10 psf dead load for a total of 50 psf.’
    • ‘The upper-level exhibit hall floor framing is also designed to support trucks as well as a uniform live load of 350 psf.’
    • ‘‘The tower's steel frame is encased in concrete to give it mass and cut down on motions from wind and live loads,’ Shah says.’
    • ‘He explained further that normally one would design for a 40 pound per square foot live load, and for whatever the dead load would actually be.’
    • ‘When forms are removed, supporting forms and shores must not be removed from walls (or other structural units) until concrete is strong enough to carry its own weight and any other superimposed dead or live loads.’
    • ‘A bonded anchorage, which offers the advantage of dispersing a large portion of the cable force from live loads through the grout to the anchor body, was specified for the Lanier bridge.’