Floor Panel Bears on Wall – Platform with Concealed Plates
Floor panel bears on wall panel below. Wall panel above bears on floor panel. Concealed connectors with knife plates are first installed on top and bottom of floor panel with partially-threaded screws. Floor panel is installed on wall panel below with positive connection achieved with dowel-type fasteners. Wall panel above is then installed similarly.
Purpose: Transfer of vertical load from floor panel and wall panel above to wall panel below. Can also transfer in-plane and out-of-plane loads between the wall panels and floor panel.
- Capacity of primary load path is controlled by perpendicular-to-grain bearing capacity of floor panel.
- Concealed connectors provide load path for in-plane and out-of-plane loads.
- This connection is used when a greater secondary load capacity is required when compared to similar Class 1 connections.
- Class 2
- Load Medium
- Cost $$$
- Constructability Advanced
- Fire Rating II