Journal article

Behaviour of plasterboard-lined steel-framed ceiling diaphragms

Ismail Saifullah, Emad Gad, Rojit Shahi, John Wilson, Nelson Lam, Ken Watson

Thin-Walled Structures | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Behaviour of low rise cold-formed steel-framed residential structures when subject to lateral loading (e.g. wind and earthquake loads) is significantly influenced by both structural and non-structural elements. The ceiling is normally considered as a horizontal diaphragm for the distribution of such lateral loads to the bracing walls. In Australia, the ceiling diaphragm, in single and two storey cold-formed steel-framed houses, is made of plasterboard lining fixed to ceiling battens which in turn are screwed to the roof trusses. Determination of the stiffness and strength of the ceiling diaphragm is crucial for accurate distribution of the lateral load to the lateral resisting elements (e.g...

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The work described in this paper is undertaken as part of a research project on the 'Rational Lateral Bracing Design of Steel-Framed Domestic Structures' funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant LP110100430. The contributions of John Shayler of Steel Frame Solutions who supplied test materials used for the experimental work are acknowledged. The financial and technical support provided by NASH members is also gratefully acknowledged.