2nd World Congress and Exhibition on Construction and Steel Structure
Las Vegas, USA
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Title: Load-Bearing Capacity of Light Steel Wall Panels with Various Stud Configuration
Biography: Shek Poi-Ngian
The strength of light steel wall panel depends on stud slenderness and distance between stud. This paper presents details of an experimental study on the load-bearing capacity of light steel wall panels with different configuration of studs, namely single lipped C stud, double back-to-back lipped C stud, and double box lipped C stud. Nine full scale load tests are carried out on wall panels to investigate their performance and to establish a comprehensive database of information. Dry wall boards are used as the sheathing material and providing stability of frame. The loading is primarily distributed over the wall panel through spreader beam to avoid local buckling of wall stud under direct compressive loading of wall panel. Failure modes, compression resistance of wall and wall displacements are observed and then compared to theoretical predictions using current code of practice. Based on the the failure modes obtained from the tests, a design guideline is proposed to determine the load-bearing capacity of light steel wall panel.