TIPS 10-Point Advantage
Testing and Certifications
The SMASH (Systems, Materials and Structural Health) Lab at Utah State University “Double Shear” testing in 2019 initially validated the structural integrity of our connecting diagonal truss wire system stating, “the maximum strength per a 2ft x 2ft section of panel can resist an average of 9.4 kips shear force (each connecting wire) with a COV of 4.6%”.
PCI: We anticipate the Precast Concrete Institute will be finalizing “Double Shear” testing on TIPS in 2023.
TCA: While the testing was under the tilt-wall umbrella, the TCA’s testing experience has applicability in the structural precast wall environment as well. The testing clearly demonstrated:
- TIPS as a fully composite panel.
- A concrete wall panel built with TIPS (4″ eps foam core with 9 ga. diagonal truss wire welded to 2×2 11ga mesh) performs the same as a panel made entirely of concrete and can be designed using typical “slender wall” parameters.