Low-Rise Shear Wall Failure Modes

by Charles R. Farrar, Los Alamos Natl Lab, Los Alamos, United States,
Philip S. Hashimoto, Los Alamos Natl Lab, Los Alamos, United States,
John Reed, Los Alamos Natl Lab, Los Alamos, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's

Abstract: A summary of the data that are available concerning the structural response of low-rise shear walls is presented. These data will be used to address two failure modes associated with shear wall structures. First, data concerning the seismic capacity of the shear walls are examined with emphasis on excessive deformations that can cause equipment failure. Second, the data concerning the dynamic properties of shear walls (stiffness and damping) that are necessary for computing the seismic inputs to attached equipment are summarized. This case addresses the failure of equipment when the structure remains functional.

Subject Headings: Shear walls | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Shear failures | Equipment and machinery | Risk management | Seismic tests

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