Crush Resistance of a Shipping Container
What is the load bearing weight of a standard 20 foot shipping container?
I am thinking of placing three 20 foot shipping containers 6 feet in the ground and then using fill dirt on top of them. How much load bearing weight can shipping containers safely withstand?
The tare weight is listed on the sides of most cargo containers. I believe that for a typical 20 foot cargo container it’s something in the area of 36,000 pounds. Of course you’ll want to have load limits like this verified before building a container home. In many locations you will have to submit a home plan containing this information before being issued a building permit to construct your container home.
All of this type of engineering information as well as CAD design for container homes, container home plans and more are contained in the Containers 4 Homes package.
Shipping Container House Construction