Approximate Analysis of Tall Wall-Frame Structures

by Arthur C. Heidebrecht, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg. and Engrg. Mech., McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON, Canada,
Bryan Stafford Smith, Sr. Lect.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Southampton, Southampton, U.K.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 199-221

Document Type: Journal Paper


A relatively simple hand method is presented for the static and dynamic analyses of uniform structures consisting of interacting shear walls and frames with effectively planar loadings and deformation. The method is applicable also to the static analyses of non-uniform shear wall-frame structures in which step changes of properties occur at several elevations in the height of the structure. Examples are given to show that the method provides results which compare closely with those obtained from more exact but lengthier methods of analysis. Design curves which further simplify the hand computation are also included.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Shear walls | Frames | Dynamic structural analysis | Static structural analysis | Shear deformation | Dynamic loads | Static loads

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