A series of experiments were conducted at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 2016 to determine the lateral load resistance capacity of H&B System typically against Seismic and Wind/Typhoon forces.
In this regard, 2-Dimensional panels composed of H&B materials on a cold-formed steel structural system were investigated under cyclic loading tests. Two different wall make-up configurations were tested in experiments and a minimum of two cyclic loading tests are accomplished for each option:
This study was conducted in accordance with 2017 Turkish Seismic Code and the designers can refer to this experiment and take into account the lateral strength contribution of H&B materials to cold-formed steel structural strength. Hence these tests allow H&B to fully comply with an official and international acceptable Code in regard to utilization of shear strength.
According to the results of the experiments, H&B systems presents greater advantage over other traditional systems in regard to resistance against earthquake and typhoons. A comparison chart between H&B systems and other conventional materials with their shear strength values taken from Table 10.5 of 2017 Turkish Seismic Code is presented below: