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Influence of test procedure on timber wall racking performance.
  In the UK, the design procedure for calculating the racking strength of timber-framed walls is based on the rules in Eurocode 5 and given in PD 6693-1. Currently, the PD method does not include a procedure for calculating racking strength using the results from wall panel racking tests to BS EN 594. Under the Building Regulations (England and Wales), BS 5268-6.1:1996, which was superseded by Eurocode 5, can still be used and this standard includes a calculation method using test results from BS EN 594:1996. As BS EN 594:2011 uses a revised test procedure, it has been found that the results are no longer compatible with the BS 5268-6.1 design procedure. This paper describes an extensive experimental programme investigating the compatibility and suitability of the test method in BS EN 594:2011 with the racking design method in BS 5268-6.1:1996. The test results have been analysed and compared, and appropriate recommendations are made.

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    14 November 2016

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    Thomas Telford Ltd.

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    TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

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    624 Civil engineering


Coste, G., Kermani, A., Porteous, J., Murray, D., & Dhonju, R. (2016). Influence of test procedure on timber wall racking performance. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Structures and buildings, 169(12), 925-934.



Buildings, structures & design, design methods & aids, timber structures,

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