The Influence of Plasterboard Clad Walls on the Structural Behavior of Low Rise Residential Buildings
This paper focuses on the bracing capacity of plasterboard clad walls which could be considered either structural or non-structural. While such walls may be installed purely as partition walls, they may provide lateral strength and stiffness due to the complex load paths. The paper presents in detail the possible load transfer mechanisms to a variety of typical walls. It also highlights the difficulty with performing racking tests on isolated walls due to the complex boundary conditions surrounding walls in real structures.