Diaphragm Action of Cladding in Low-Rise Metal Buildings

by Bala Sockalingam, (S.M.ASCE), Clemson Univ, Clemson, United States,
David Montgomery, (A.M.ASCE), Clemson Univ, Clemson, United States,
Scott Schiff, (A.M.ASCE), Clemson Univ, Clemson, United States,
Peter Sparks, (M.ASCE), Clemson Univ, Clemson, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII

Abstract:

An investigation of the contribution of cladding to the lateral stiffness of a metal building is presented in this paper. The diaphragm action of the cladding tends to redistribute the load among the frames thereby changing predicted load values and deflections. The full-scale dynamic tests of an actual building and the analyses of computer models show the influence of building cladding in load redistribution.



Subject Headings: Diaphragms (structural) | Cladding | Low-rise buildings | Metals (material) | Load factors | Computer analysis | Dynamic structural analysis | Load tests

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