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Title: Seismic performance of L-shaped RC walls sustaining unsymmetrical bending
Authors: Zhang, Zhongwen
Li, Bing
Keywords: Engineering::Civil engineering
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Zhang, Z. & Li, B. (2021). Seismic performance of L-shaped RC walls sustaining unsymmetrical bending. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 78(3), 269-280.
Journal: Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Abstract: Reinforced concrete (RC) structural walls with L-shaped sections are commonly used in RC buildings. The walls are often expected to sustain biaxial load and Unsymmetrical bending in an earthquake event. However, there currently exists limited experimental evidence regarding their seismic behaviour in these lateral loading directions. This paper makes experimental and numerical investigations to these walls behaviours. Experimental evidences are presented for four L-shaped wall specimens which were tested under simulated seismic load from different lateral directions. The results highlighted some distinct behaviour of L-shaped walls sustaining Unsymmetrical bending relating to their seismic performance. First, due to the Unsymmetrical bending, out-of-plane reaction forces occur for these walls, which contribute to accumulation of the out-of-plane deformations of the wall, especially when out-of-plane stiffness of the section is reduced by horizontal cracks in the cyclic load. Secondly, cracking was found to affect shear centre of the specimens loaded in the Unsymmetrical bending direction. The shear centre of these specimens distinctly differs in the flange in the positive and negative loading direction. Cracking of the flange also causes significant warping in the bottom part of the wall, which eventually lead to out-of-plane buckling failure.
ISSN: 1225-4568
DOI: 10.12989/sem.2021.78.3.269
Rights: © 2021 Techno-Press, Ltd. All rights reserved.
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