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Engineered Design of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Mike J. Nelson, P.E., S.E

This course is a collection of articles and technical literature designed to create a foundation of understanding of the structural engineering issues involving structural insulated panels over the years. It will provide the student with knowledge of strength evaluation methods that compare testing methodologies with numerical methods. The material also discusses the role of code evaluation reports and the organizations that create the reports, along with a description of obstacles and progress toward gaining acceptance by building codes for the use of SIPs in high seismic areas. Calculation methods are presented that will allow the student to “manually” calculate the strength of SIPs for use in design, instead of reliance on often times limited test data.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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