- Low damage non-structural drywalls: Details and their performance
- A.S. Tasligedik ; S. Pampanin ; A. Palermo
- Book Title / Journal: New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) Annual Technical Conference
- Year: 2014 , Volume: , Series:
- Earthquake engineering
- Keywords: non-structural drywalls
- Non-structural drywall partitions are the most common partitions used in buildings. They are usually bounded by a either a structural frame or by two floor slabs, which makes them prone to damage by imposed inter-storey deformations. Usually the loss of serviceability occurs at very low drift levels. As part of a research investigation into the development of low damage solutions for non-structural walls, experimental and numerical studies were carried out. This paper will present the seismic performances of existing as built drywall practice and the proposed low damage drywall solution. The developed low damage solution for drywall partitions, capable of reaching high level of drift without loss of serviceability, was developed based on the refinements of existing (as built) drywall construction practice. The experimental campaign confirmed the enhanced performance of the proposed low damage solution for non-structural drywalls, based on simple reconfiguration and detailing of the traditional solutions adopted in the current practice.