Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Committee Chair(s)

Marc Maguire


Marc Maguire


Joseph A. Caliendo


Paul Barr


Thermal efficiency of Precast Concrete Sandwich Panel Walls has become a major topic when discussing the building envelope in academia. At Utah State University, research is being done to evaluate the structural and thermal efficiency of fiber reinforced polymer connectors being used today. In evaluating several different proprietary fiber reinforced polymer systems, researchers plan to develop design procedures to help engineers accurately determine minimum design requirements when using fiber reinforced polymer connectors. This largely requires a determination of the degree of composite action incurred by each system. Testing is performed by constructing small scale specimens (3 ft. by 4 ft., 0.91 m by 1.22 m). Each specimen contains one of the fiber reinforced polymer connecting systems. By constructing a five-wythe, two wall specimen, direct shear can be applied to the connectors using a push-off shear test method. By performing this test it can be determined to what degree the panel is acting compositely. Once the degree of composite action is determined, correlation can be made between design and degree of composite action. Economizing and simplifying this procedure is key to further implementation of precast concrete sandwich panel walls in all areas of our building infrastructure.