Design Provisions for Shear Walls*


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Title: Design Provisions for Shear Walls*

Author(s): Alex E. Cardenas, John M. Hanson, W. Gene Corley, and Eivind Hognestad

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 70

Issue: 3

Appears on pages(s): 221-230

Keywords: axial loads; building codes; cyclic loads; flexural strength; high-rise buildings; reinforced concrete; research; shear streng:h; shear stress; shear walls; structural design.

Date: 3/1/1973

The background and development of Section 11.6, Special Provisions for Walls, of the ACI Building Code (AC1 3 18-71) is discussed. There provisions were found to predict satisfactorily the strength of six high-rise and seven low-rise shear walls tested at the laboratories of the Portland Cement Association, as well as the strength of wall specimens tested by other investigators. The results of the PCA experimental investigations are summarized in an Appendix. Thirteen rectangular shear walls were tested under combinations of lateral and axial loads. One of the specimens was subjected to ten cycles of load reversals.