Objective and Scope

The objective of this research was to recommend an analytical method, which is based on a mechanics approach, to predict steel frame / wood panel shear wall strength and deflection. This involved the evaluation of five existing methods, developed for the analysis of wood framed shear walls, in


M. Pandey et al. (eds), Advances in Engineering Structures, Mechanics & Construction, 381-391.

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comparison with the results of shear wall experiments. The details of a simplified strength and deflection model are provided in this paper. Test programs on single-storey shear walls and individual sheathing connections are summarized. In addition, a comparison between the test results and the predictions of an analytical approach is presented for the monotonic and reversed cyclic shear wall tests carried out by Boudreault (2005), Branston (2004) and Chen (2004).