Adjusting the Plastic Zone Development in Steel Plate Shear Walls—A Finite Element Study

  • Fereshteh Hassani
  • Zia JavanbakhtEmail author
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 124)


The current study presents a high-performance steel plate shear wall system, which is capable of dissipating large amounts of energy. A specific arrangement of perforations in the infill panel as well as the adjacent horizontal boundary elements is proposed. The aim was to increase the ductility of the system by inhibiting the pre-mature failure of the critical structural components. To this end, a sacrificial structural element, i.e., the steel panel, was implemented into the frame system to adopt the main role of energy dissipation. To allow an extensive development of the plastic field in the steel panel, perforated areas were designated at each of its corners. Furthermore, the concept of web-reduced beam sections was applied. Two other patterns and a benchmark case were also introduced for comparison. It was shown that the proposed system excels in energy dissipation for the price of slight initial stiffness loss. Furthermore, the synergistic effect of the suggested modifications delayed the initiation of inelastic deformations in the surrounding structural members. Thus, these components and their connections remain protected under extreme loading regimes. One could take advantage of the proposed arrangement if harsh loading conditions are plausible.


Computational mechanics Non-linear analysis Web-reduced beam section Perforated steel wall Plasticity Ductile failure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Civil EngineeringUniversity of TabrizTabrizIran
  2. 2.School of Engineering and Built EnvironmentGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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