Experimental evaluation of the effect of two different types of drywall joint compound on shear capacity of wood-frame walls

Ali M. Memari, Matt Sambol

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Abstract

This paper summarizes the findings of a pilot study to determine whether the type of drywall joint compound will influence the shear strength of wood-frame stud walls sheathed with drywall. In this study, five 8 ft x 8 ft specimens were tested under in-plane cyclic racking loading following CUREE loading protocol for light-frame wall systems. Three specimens were finished using non-cement based joint compound and the other two using cement based joint compound. Based on the limited number of specimens tested, the results show that the use of cement based joint compound on drywall joints as in the specimens tested will result in higher wall shear capacity compared to similar specimens finished with conventional non-cement based joint compound. The failure modes for the specimens finished with the two different types of compound were different. The result of the study is particularly important for high seismic regions where interior stud walls in residential construction effectively take part in seismic resistance even though wood shear walls are normally used on exterior walls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Integration Solutions
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
ISBN (Print)9780784410028
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventAEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2008Sep 26 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions
Volume328

Other

OtherAEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period9/24/089/26/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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    Memari, A. M., & Sambol, M. (2008). Experimental evaluation of the effect of two different types of drywall joint compound on shear capacity of wood-frame walls. In Proceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions (Proceedings of the AEI 2008 Conference - AEI 2008: Building Integration Solutions; Vol. 328). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/41002(328)15