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Earthquake performance of un-stiffened thin steel plate shear walls

Mörel, Osman Fuat
In this study two dimensional steel frames, reinforced with un-stiffened thin steel panels, are investigated. In the first part of the study, the strip model, a method for analyzing un-stiffened thin steel plate shear walls, was investigated. Sensitivity studies to investigate the influence of the number of strip members to be used to in the strip model and their angle of inclination were conducted. In the second part, responses of various un-stiffened steel plate shear wall systems to lateral loads were investigated. The influences of three major parameters were studied. These are the beam-to-column connection type, the boundary frame stiffness and the plate slenderness ratio (the ratio of the centerline column spacing to the thickness of the plate). In both parts nonlinear pushover analysis were performed with SAP2000 structural analysis program. In this study, the history of development, theory and advantages of un-stiffened thin steel plate shear walls and recommendations for this lateral load resisting system are presented.