Seismic evaluation of Structural Insulated Panels in comparison with wood-frame panels

Stefanie Terentiuk, Ali Memari

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Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) wall systems have been used in residential and light commercial buildings for the past sixty years. Lack of sufficient published research on racking load performance and limited understanding of the influence of fastener types on seismic response has been a deterrent in widespread use of the wall system in seismically active areas. This paper presents the results of a study involving a total of twenty one 2.4 m × 2.4 m shear walls tested under monotonic and cyclic loading. Four different 114 mm thick SIP panel configurations and one traditional wood frame wall were tested under monotonic loading according to ASTM E 564-06; and thirteen 114 mm thick SIP panels and three wood frame walls were tested under the CUREE loading protocol according to ASTM E 2126-11. Parameters such as fastener type; spline design; hold-down anchor location; and sheathing bearing were adjusted throughout the testing in order to determine their effects on the SIP's performance. Performance parameters such as peak load and displacement; energy dissipation; allowable drift load capacity and seismic compatibility were determined for all of the specimens. Such parameters were then used to demonstrate the SIP walls' compatibility with the wood frame walls and to determine the efficiency of the different SIP wall configuration and spline systems employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-417
Number of pages24
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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