Date of Award

12-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Hsiao, Jen Kan

Abstract

The main objective of the study is to verify the accuracy of the approximate hand calculation method used extensively by the engineers for the calculation of the rigidity of shear walls with openings. Different types of shear walls are considered varying in the dimensions and positions of the opening, however, maintaining the same basic material properties. The results obtained by the hand calculation are compared to the finite element approach to check for the discrepancy. The finite element analysis software NISA/DISPLAY IV and SAP2000 is considered for the purpose.

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