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Structural Performance Assessment of Innovative Hollow Cellular Panels for Modular Flooring System
journal contributionposted on 2023-03-01, 22:25 authored by Keerthana JohnKeerthana John, Sherin Khadeeja RahmanSherin Khadeeja Rahman, Bidur KafleBidur Kafle, Matthias WeissMatthias Weiss, Klaus Hansen, Mohamed Elchalakani, Nilupa UdawattaNilupa Udawatta, M. Reza HosseiniM. Reza Hosseini, Riyadh Al-AmeriRiyadh Al-Ameri
Lightweight modular construction has become an increasing need to meet the housing requirements around the world today. The benefits of modular construction ranging from rapid production, consistency in quality, sustainability, and ease of use have widened the scope for the construction of residential, commercial, and even emergency preparedness facilities. This study introduces novel floor panels that can be flat-packed and built into modular housing components on-site with minimal labour and assistance. The flooring system uses hollow cellular panels made of various configurations of trapezoidal steel sheets. The structural performance of three different configurations of these hollow flooring systems as a modular component is presented in this study by analysing the failure modes, load-displacement parameters, and strain behaviour. The study confirms significant advantages of the proposed hollow floor systems, with multi-cells reporting higher load-carrying capacity. The hollow flooring system performed well in terms of structural performance and ease in fabrication as opposed to the conventional formworks and commercial temporary flooring systems. The proposed flooring system promises efficient application as working platforms or formworks in temporary infrastructural facilities and emergency construction activities.