THE INFLUENCE OF FOAM DISCONTINUITY IN THE SHEAR ZONE OF STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANEL BEAMS
The effect of foam discontinuity in the shear zone of structural insulated panel (SIP) beams was investigated in the current research. Two depths of 15.24 cm and 31.11 cm (6.5 in and 12.25 in) (SIPs) were evaluated in 1/3-point bending. Panels were sawn into beams, each approximately 29.84 cm (11.75 in.) wide, for mechanical testing. Half of the panels had joints or discontinuities in the foam layer in a location that was subject to shear stress during the bending tests. Half of the panels had joints or discontinuities in the foam layer in a location that was subject to shear stress during the bending tests. Half of the panels did not have joints or discontinuities in the foam layer in the locations that were subject to shear stress during the bending tests. The specimens with no foam discontinuity, stressed in shear, were approximately twice as strong as the specimens with a foam discontinuity. This finding has implications for routine testing and evaluation as well as for allowable properties. In the case of routine testing, foam discontinuities should purposefully be located in the zone of maximum shear as these appear to be a limiting factor. In cases where a producer manufactures SIPs with zero discontinuities, it may be prudent to seek premium value as those panels would achieve superior properties.
Keywords: Structural insulated panels (SIPs), shear stress, bending test, foam, joints and routine testing.
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