Performance of bracing panel wall segments utilizing wood plastic composite sill plates

Kristin Du Chateau, J. Daniel Dolan, Michael Wolcott

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Abstract

An investigation into the methods of potentially improving the performance of light-frame shear walls was undertaken as part of a larger project for the United States Office of Naval Research. The goals of the project were to increase the durability, strength, and stiffness performance of light-frame shear walls by directly substituting wood-plastic composite members for the traditional dimensional lumber sill plate. The study included connection design as well as proof of concept cyclic racking tests of full-scale wall specimens. The results were that changing the sill plate form and the connections between the studs and the sill plate, increases the lateral capacity of the wall by a factor of 3, increases the "toughness" of the wall, and minimizes the potential for decay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication9th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2006, WCTE 2006
Pages1178-1185
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event9th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2006, WCTE 2006 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2006Aug 10 2006

Publication series

Name9th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2006, WCTE 2006
Volume2

Other

Other9th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2006, WCTE 2006
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period8/6/068/10/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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    Du Chateau, K., Dolan, J. D., & Wolcott, M. (2006). Performance of bracing panel wall segments utilizing wood plastic composite sill plates. In 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2006, WCTE 2006 (pp. 1178-1185). (9th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2006, WCTE 2006; Vol. 2).