To date, ModCell panels have been used for cladding on framed buildings. However, they are now being developed for load-bearing applications. In order to achieve this sufficient racking shear resistance is required. This report presents and discusses results from a series of joint tests and full-scale panel racking shear tests at the University of Bath. As a result refinements to the joint and bracing details have improved the racking shear resistance of the panels. A computer model has been developed to predict racking stiffness and conduct a parametric study. This report also presents the results of acoustic transmittance, thermal resistance and fire resistance tests on ModCell panels. As a result of these tests, ModCell panels have been proven to exceed minimum building regulation requirements.
Authors: Gross, Christopher; Walker, Pete, 31.03.2009