Finite Element Analysis of Metal Deck Shear Diaphragms

by Arthur H. Nilson, (M.ASCE), Prof. and Acting Chmn.; Dept. of Struct. Engrg., Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY,
Albert R. Ammar, Struct. Analyst; Ammann and Whitney Consulting Engrs., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 4, Pg. 711-726

Document Type: Journal Paper


A special adaptation of the finite element method provides a basis for the analysis of shear diaphragms composed of light gage steel panels. The panels, perimeter beams, purlins, and connectors are chosen as the basic elements, and their mechanical properties established. They are then incorporated as parts of an analytical model using matrix methods. The predictions of analysis are compared with experimental results.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Metals (chemical) | Decks | Diaphragms (structural) | Panels (structural) | Steel | Beams | Connections (structural)

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