Tales from the Test Floor

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are the latest material being put to the test in FPL’s Engineering Mechanics and Remote Sensing Laboratory. SIPs are high performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings.sips3

Engineering technician Dwight McDonald installs sensors to collect data during the test. The test will evaluate the mechanical properties of the SIPs.sips1

As the Instron machine applies force, the SIP flexes under the load until reaching its breaking point, literally.sips4Researchers will look at how and where the SIPs failed as part of the evaluation process. Understanding the mechanical properties of SIPs and other high performance building materials supports their efficiency and use in construction by improving design standards and building codes.