Benefits of Steel RC Shear Walls in Building Structures

Benefits of Steel RC Shear Walls in Building Structures
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CRSI Technical Note ETN-D-8-21 - 4 pp; 2021

Steel reinforced concrete shear walls (structural walls) have been a safe, efficient, and cost-effective way to resist lateral forces in building structures for many years. They are usually located around elevator and stair openings or between architectural spaces and are ideally suited to resist lateral forces due to their large in-plane stiffness and strength. By themselves or in combination with reinforced concrete moment frames, these time-tested structural elements have an outstanding performance record when subjected to the effects from wind and earthquakes.

The purpose of this Technical Note is to outline the benefits of using steel reinforced concrete shear walls in building structures. Included is a summary of different types of shear wall systems and inherent benefits related to resiliency, sustainability, steel reinforcement, structural design, and constructability.