Nonlinear Elastic Analysis of Panelized Shear Sandwich Walls

by Paul P. Fazio, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Dir.; Centre for Building Studies, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
Santi Rizzo, Research Asst.; Centre for Building Studies, Concordia Univ., Montreal, Quebec, Canada; formerly, Asst. Prof., Faculty of Engrg., Dept. of Structures, Univ. of Palermo, Palermo, Italy,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 6, Pg. 1187-1203

Document Type: Journal Paper


Light-weight sandwich panel assemblies can be prefabricated, mass-produced, easily transported, and effectively erected with a small crew and no crane. A one-half scale, six-story building model made up of 2-in. (51-mm) thick aluminum sandwich panels and stapled connections resisted lateral loads of up to 83.3 psf (4,000 kN/m²) representing reference wind speeds of over 93 mph (150 km/hr). An analytical approach has been developed to predict deflections and stresses of panelized building structures having friction-variable shear connections that give rise to nonlinear behavior of the structure. Theoretical and experimental results compared within an average of 6% and a maximum of 13%.

Subject Headings: Elastic analysis | Shear walls | Nonlinear analysis | Panels (structural) | Sandwich panels | Connections (structural) | Lateral loads | Stress analysis

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