Laterally Loaded Unreinforced Walls

  • Arnold W. Hendry
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Abstract

It is possible to distinguish two categories of wall in relation to lateral strength: firstly, wall panels, the resistance of which depend primarily on the flexural strength of brickwork and, secondly, those whose resistance depends on the action of in-plane forces« The first category of walls are those found in low-rise buildings and in the upper floors of multi-storey buildings. The lateral loading on these usually arises from wind pressure, although they have to be sufficiently robust to withstand relatively small incidental loads, for example from the movement of people and equipment in a building. The second category includes walls having the degree of precompression to be expected some two or more storeys below roof level in a loadbearing brickwork structure, and walls whose location in a concrete or steel structure is such that in-plane forces would be generated in them if they were subjected to lateral deflections. These walls have lateral strengths greatly exceeding the order of wind loading, and the problem of estimating their resistance is likely to be associated with that of accidental damage.

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© Arnold W. Hendry 1981

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  • Arnold W. Hendry
    • 1
  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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