Ancon Head Restraints provide the necessary restraint to the top of masonry walls. They allow for vertical movement to accommodate shrinkage or thermal movement of the wall or structural frame, while restraining wind loads.
Ancon IHR – Internal Head Restraint
The Ancon IHR is used for restraining the top of internal walls or the top of the inner leaf of a cavity wall. The channel stem is closed at the front to prevent mortar ingress and to ensure that vertical movement can take place between the blockwork and the structure.
The standard length of an IHR sliding top section will accommodate a gap of up to 50mm. Longer top sections are available to accommodate gaps of up to 75mm, ideal when a fire stop is being incorporated at the wall head or where greater deflection is expected in the floor.
The standard Ancon IHR will suit a 215mm high block. Other stem lengths are available on request, however, longer stems may be unable to accommodate a gap above 40mm.
The sliding tie can be provided with a hole (IHR-B) or slot (IHR-V) to suit M8 bolts, with a notch end to fix directly into a 38/17 or 30/20 cast-in channel (IHR-C), and with a notch end to suit the Hammer-On section that attaches to a steel flange without site drilling (IHR-H). It is also available to suit the SDTSS-38-5PT self-tapping screw (IHR-S).
Example IHR Specification
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Ancon IHR-B / IHR-V / IHR-S / IHR-C30 / IHR-C38 internal head restraint to suit a 215mm block and a 25-50 / 51-75mm gap.
Design Resistances for IHR Range
|Product Reference||Spacing||25mm Gap||50mm Gap||75mm Gap|
|IHR-B, IHR-V, IHR-C and IHR-S||900mm||1.78kN/m||1.22kN/m||1.06kN/m|
Ancon FHR – Head Restraint
The Ancon FHR Head Restraint is used for restraining the top of internal walls or the internal leaf of a cavity wall. The two angles clamp the top of the wall and have 10mm diameter holes to suit M8 bolts. They are supplied with two holes in the longer angle to allow the restraint to fit 100mm and 140mm blockwork. Each restraint provides a design resistance of 1890N.
Building Information Modelling
Successfully re-engineered by Ancon, the IHR range of internal head restraints can now accommodate gaps at the wall head of up to 75mm, extending the previous maximum of 50mm.
Ancon has been honoured at a Royal reception to celebrate its success in the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the third Queen’s Award for the company.