Investigation on sheathing-fastener connection failures in cold-formed steel wall panels

Selvaraj, Sivaganesh and Madhavan, Mahendrakumar (2019) Investigation on sheathing-fastener connection failures in cold-formed steel wall panels. Structures, 20. pp. 176-188. ISSN 23520124

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Torsional buckling is a common mode of failure in highly slender Cold-formed Steel (CFS) stud wall frames. The torsional buckling mode will induce pull-through in sheathings attached on either side of wall panel leading to failure. This paper presents an experimental investigation to understand the performance of various sheathing boards against torsional buckling of CFS structural members. A total of forty-two specimens were tested including various parameters such as seven types of sheathing boards and six different types of CFS studs. In addition, the influence of different fasteners types that are used in the installation of sheathing boards on the CFS wall frames is also examined. The test results indicate that it is necessary to use the fastener with rubber washer (hex-washer head fasteners) to avoid pull-through failures in the sheathing. The load magnitudes at which the pull-through failure or the sheathing breakage occurs is reported for the different sheathing and CFS studs. In general, the sheathing board with the fiber composition performed well compared to the sheathing materials made of particle composition. In addition, the study also indicates that the performance of the sheathing board depends on the geometric dimensions of the CFS studs. The influence of CFS stud geometry in the sheathing-fastener connections is pictorially presented in the form of a plot. The force developed at each sheathing-fastener connection to achieve the target design moment in the CFS wall panels is calculated using a simple theoretical expression and compared against the experimental results obtained from this study. An appropriate sheathing board that offers resistance against torsional buckling of CFS stud is suggested based on the observed experimental failure modes.

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Madhavan, MahendrakumarUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Civil Engineering
Divisions: Department of Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2019 04:57
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