Test of screw fastened profiled roofing sheets subject to simulated wind uplift

You Lin Xu, G. F. Reardon

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Screw fastened light gauge steel profiled roofing sheets are predominantly subjected to wind suction, i.e., wind uplift, and may fail locally in the vicinity of screw fasteners under strong or sustained fluctuating wind uplift. A series of static tests was performed on three types of profiled roofing sheets to investigate their structural behaviour and profile effects under simulated wind uplift. The considered sheeting profiles were arc-tangent, trapezoidal and ribbed, and an alternate (or equivalent alternate) sheeting crest fastening system was adopted. It was found that structural behaviour of the roofing sheets under uplift loads was greatly dependent on the sheeting profiles including the shape and height of the crest. Both arc-tangent and trapezoidal type roofing sheets exhibited a large cross-sectional distortion stage and a deflection hardening stage, following a local plastic collapse in the vicinity of the screw fasteners at the central support. The ribbed roofing sheet, however, had a final failure mode of sudden fracture with cracks under the screw fastener head at the central support. The use of cyclone washers with screw fasteners reduced local plastic deformations and, in general, increased initial failure loads of the roofing sheets. Increasing the roofing span only slightly reduced the limit values of the reaction force per fastener at the central support due to the local failure characteristic of the screw fastened profiled roofing sheets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-430
Number of pages8
JournalEngineering Structures
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • local failure
  • profiled sheet
  • roofing
  • screw fastener
  • test
  • wind uplift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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