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Highlights of an Experimental Investigation of the Seismic Performance of Structural Walls.
Fiorato, A. E.; Oesterle, R. G.; Kaar, P. H.; Barney, G. B.; Rabbat, B. G.
National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. Applied Science and Research Applications., March 30, 1976, 13 p.
Design criteria are developed for reinforced concrete structural walls used as lateral bracing in earthquake-resistant buildings. Primary items of interest include the ductility, energy dissipation capacity, and strength of structural walls. This paper describes the highlights of the experimental investigation which consists of four parts: isolated walls are subjected to reversing in-plane loads; structural wall systems are subjected to proof tests of coupled walls and frame-wall structures; an investigation is conducted of the stress versus strain characteristics of confined concrete; and an investigation is conducted of the behavior of coupling beams subjected to reversed loading.
Seismic design; Earthquake resistant structures; Reinforced concrete; Walls; Dynamic response; Buildings; Earthquake engineering; Earthquakes; Stress analysis; Design criteria