7 Wall Partition Testing Methods BS 5234

7 Partition Testing Methods Part 1

“In the previous chapter we explained the importance of BS5234 Part 2-1992 which helps to select the grading level of the partition in terms of breakage resistance and robustness. This shall be used to make a decision by the developer for selection of walls based on project requirements. For the BS 5234 Part 2 Partition Testing method of the partition, that we explained in last article. “

 

There are 7 testing methods which can be categorized into 2 groups of testing.

1. Breakage resistance of the BS 5234 Part 2 Partition Testing method which is enlisted as a major testing method .There are four types of the testing method which are considered for classification of the grade level depends on the breakage resistance of partitions.

 

2. The strength and the robustness testing method which is enlisted as a secondary testing method. There are three types of the testing methods which are considered for classification of strength and the robustness of partitions.

 

We will study the testing methods of first group in this chapter. Four tests are required to understand the breakage resistance of a wall partition as below.

7 Wall PartitionTesting Method Part 1 - Infographic
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Breakage resistance of the BS 5234 Part 2 Partition Testing method

Wall Testing - Partition Stiffness

 

1) Partition Stiffness – The test is to establish the ability of the partition to withstand person or ladder leaning against it without causes unacceptable cracking or movement. To simulate this the partition is subjected to a static horizontal load at a set height and the maximum deflection and residual deflection or structure damage to be recorded on surface of wall.

Process – A point load is applied to the wall surface and the maximum deflection together with any residual damage recorded. In this Process 500 N temporary pressure apply on partition at 1.5 m height from bottom.

 

Small hard body Impact - Wall Partitioin Testing

 

2) Small hard body Impact  – The test is to establish the ability of the partition to withstand against damages with small hard object impacts. To simulate this the partition is subjected to a static small hard body impact at a set height and the maximum surface damage and residual deflection or structure damage to be recorded on surface of wall.

Process – A 3 kg impactor with its head being a 50 mm diameter steel sphere is sung to impact approximatively perpendicular the face of the wall. The nature and extent of any damage to be recorded. 

Wall testing - Large Soft Body Impact

 

3) Large Soft Body Impact  – The test is to establish the ability of the partition to withstand against damages with large soft object impacts. To simulate this the partition is subjected to two separate impacts from a soft body impactor impact at a set height and the maximum permanent deformation or surface damage or structure damage to be recorded on wall.

Process – Spheroconical bag having a mass of 50 kg impactor with its head being a 50 mm is sung to impact approximatively perpendicular the face of the wall. The nature and extent of permanent deformation any damage to be recorded in each impact.

 

Wall Partition Testing - Door Slamming

 

4) Door Slamming  – The test is to establish the ability of the partition to withstand against impacts which are transmitted through the door frame to partition due slamming of door leaf. The residual displacement of the door frame to be recorded including any damage of the partition.

Process – Door needs to be slammed with partition with listed pressure up to 20 and 100 times. The nature and extent of permanent deformation any damage to be recorded in each impact.

The BS 5234 Part 2 Partition Testing standards for each grading level are shown below.

 

Wall Partition Testing Standard 2

 

Once you understand the result of all testing methods required for grading level of the partition, you can compare it with the testing reports of wall products given by each suppliers or manufacturers.

 

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Next Chapter we will present you the remaining parts of the three testing methods. Although it will not have the impact on the setting of the grading level, it is also important because they are the testing for the indication of the strength and robustness of the partition. Next Chapter will be the last chapter which will discuss about BS 5234 Part 2. Therefore, Please Let me tell you. Do not miss!

 

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