Tests on vertical joints for a wood-panel wall system

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Subjectvertical joints; murals; batten joints; watertightness tests; Walls
AbstractEarly in 1964 the Division of Building Research assisted another government agency in the design of a small, low-cost pre-fabricated house for use in the Canadian North. The wall system chosen for this house utilized stressed plywood skin construction on the inner and outer faces of the floor, roof, and wall panels. This paper describes exploratory water-leakage tests performed on vertical batten joints of the drained, vented type as proposed for use in the prefabricated wall system. Wood batten joints were proposed because they are simple to manufacture and assemble, and can tolerate variations in dimensions and workmanship. It was also thought that batten joints would be able to accommodate building movements due to temperature changes and structural loads while preventing the entry of air, rain, and snow. A number of batten joint arrangements, both simple and complex, were investigated in the DBR/NRC rain simulation apparatus using a high wetting rate and a moderate wind pressure. Resistance to penetration of wind- driven snow, a consideration in northern regions, was not investigated.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number9870
NPARC number20378447
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Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-05-09
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