FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS


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FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS
FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTSA shear wall is a wall designed to resist lateral forces parallel to the plane of the wall. These forces are commonly referred to as in-plane forces. A shear wall may be a bearing wall or a nonbearing wall, depending on its intended function. It would be a bearing wall if it were required to carry gravity loads from the supported elements (such as roof or floor) in addition to the lateral forces. As the name indicates, a shear wall provides resistance to in-plane forces by virtue of its strength in shear. The cross-sectional area of the wall that resists shear is taken as its length times thickness. Figure 7.2 shows gravity and lateral…
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Narendra Taly, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE: Design of Reinforced Masonry Structures, Second Edition. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2010), AccessEngineering Export