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A Cold Formed Wall Panel For Building Construction A Case Study

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.18.1 - 8.18.8



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Vernon Lewis

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Session 2793

A Cold-Formed Wall Panel for Building Construction -A Case Study

Vernon W. Lewis, Jr. Department of Engineering Technology Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 23529


In the spring of 2002, Old Dominion University, though our Technology Applications Center was asked to perform testing on a new type of structural wall panel. These panels will be used in interior and exterior applications and for load bearing and non-load bearing conditions. This testing was done in accordance with the criteria established by the owner's Engineer.

The test involved positioning the wall panel in a testing apparatus and applying lateral, axial and shear loads and measuring the deflections and other performance indicators. The paper will outline the procedures and results used in the investigation.

The paper will present the investigation in the format of a case study for several reasons. It is essential that students be exposed to code loadings for structures. The paper will evaluate the criteria and evaluate its appropriateness for the test being done. The paper will also introduce to students the procedure used to evaluate structural elements prior to their introduction into the marketplace. Another benefit to this case study is that it introduces the students to a new and evolving method of building construction.


Old Dominion University has performed a program of wall panel testing for a firm located in the Eastern Virginia area. This testing has been performed in accordance with the criteria established by the manufacturing firm's Professional Engineering Consultant (Engineer) as modified in the course of testing with the approval of the Engineer. The manufacturing firm provided all specimens tested. In general, the testing was in accordance with ASTM E72-981. This document has been replaced by ASTM E72-02, November 1, 2002, but was current at the time of the testing program described in this paper.

This testing is of interest to students because it illustrates one method by which new products enter the marketplace. Traditional institutional thinking is that research by universities or professional organizations such as the Steel Framing Alliance develop new

Lewis, V. (2003, June), A Cold Formed Wall Panel For Building Construction A Case Study Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12013

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