Experımental Investıgatıon Of Earthquake Performances Of Modern And Tradıtıonal Partıtıon Walls

Institution Of The Thesis: Gazi University, Turkey

Approval Date: 2018

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Coşkun Çakmak



Partition wall systems are building elements that allow structures to be divided into architectural partitions for aesthetic and functional sense. Non-load-bearing partition walls are accounted as a kind of dead load during the design stage of a structure. Brick, lightweight concrete briquette and aerated concrete are widely used as partition wall materials in structure stock of Turkey. In addition to these materials, the use of dry gypsum wall systems is preferred over recent years for reasons such as a certain production standard and high construction speed. In this study, important characteristics in terms of structural and earthquake performance of the partition wall systems produced by traditional materials such as brick, lightweight concrete briquette, aerated concrete, such as stiffness, energy consumption capacity, displacement-ductility ratios, load-displacement characteristics under horizontal earthquake loads, as well as modern partition wall system produced gypsum board were investigated experimentally. In scope of the experimental test program, 4 different dry gypsum wall systems with different dimensions of metal studs and different layers and widely used non-load bearing partition wall systems produced by clay brick, lightweight concrete briquette and aerated concrete were constructed in full scale having 3000 mm length and 2700 mm height and tested under lateral reverse cyclic loading. As a result of the experiments, the characteristics of the modern and traditional partition walls mentioned above and which are determinative in terms of earthquake performance were compared and suggestions were made to make these results absolute.