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

Menendez, Jesus; Leitch, Kenneth; Hairstans, Robert


Jesus Menendez


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 of conventional 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
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

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name COST Action FP1004 Experimental Research with Timber
Start Date May 21, 2014
End Date May 23, 2014
Publication Date 2014-05
Deposit Date May 13, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 13, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 155-159
ISBN 1 85790 183 5
Keywords Timber frame; closed; panels; structural behaviour;
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