Structural behavior of timber frame closed panels for specification in the United Kingdom

Menendez, J.M., Leitch, KL, Hairstans, R. (2014). Structural behavior of timber frame closed panels for specification in the United Kingdom. In: (Ed.) Experimental Research with Timber, , () ( ed.). (pp. 155). Prague: . University of Bath.

ISBN: 1 85790 183 5


A series of closed timber frame wall panels were tested for racking capacity in accordance with the standard BS EN594:2011 [1]. The test program was designed to investigate the wall diaphragm performance ofconventional and evolved (dual-frame) panels and for various design specifications.The resulting data was used to determine the feasibility of using locally resourced and graded timber for the manufacture of the frame and the impact of different sheathing materials on the overall structural behavior.
Through the undertaking of these tests, the effect of variables such as sheathing material, wall length and the inclusion of openings on shear walls were measured. The study concludes that low-graded timber is suitable for the manufacture of wall panels and also provides guidance for efficient structural design.
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