Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Hsiao, J.Kent


The purpose of this study is to analyze the foundation beam linked between two shear walls in the presence of lateral loads. Mat foundation with shear walls is one of the most commonly used reinforced concrete structural systems to resist the lateral load. When two independent walls are connected with a link beam, also known as the coupling beam, the overturning resistance of the building is largely increased. However, the coupling beams are relatively weaker structures and can develop larger stresses. When there is a mat foundation, or pile cap in case of pile foundation, the part of the foundation which is right below the coupling beam where no shear wall is present, will also get large stresses due to the highly rigid nature of adjacent shear walls. Most of the lateral deformations are imposed only on the coupling beams and foundation beam. There is not much literature or design procedure found in books and codes to mitigate the high risks associated with the foundation beam between shear walls on its design vulnerability. This thesis is focused on the risks associated with exceptionally high forces on the foundation beam due to earthquake forces.




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