Performance of structural insulated panels

Kermani, Abdy (2006) Performance of structural insulated panels. Proceedings of ICE: Journal of Structures & Buildings, 159 (1). pp. 13-19. ISSN 0965-0911

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Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are gradually gaining popularity as an alternative construction material for residential and light commercial buildings in the UK. They show marked advantages in strength, thermal performance and speed of installation when compared with the traditional timber frame method of construction. While many types of composite panel building systems have been developed, panels made from a thick layer of foam (often expanded polystyrene) sandwiched between two layers of oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood are usually referred to as SIPs. They were developed in North America and although they have experienced wide-scale utilisation around the world, the concept is still relatively unknown in the UK. This paper details part of a comprehensive research study on SIPs at Napier University and deals with their performance under combined bending and axial compression and the effects of medium-term loading on panel integrity for use as load-bearing walls and columns. The results have illustrated that SIPs perform as an effective composite material possessing considerable strength and stiffness necessary to sustain required design loads.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0965-0911
Electronic ISSN: 1751-7702
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engineered Wood Products; Structural Insulated Panels; Structural properties; Load bearing capacity;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 620 Engineering & allied operations
600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 624 Civil engineering
Library of Congress Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Item ID: 1957
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2008 12:44
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 15:40

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