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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 11, Number 3, June 2011, pages 251-271
Experimental investigation of thin steel plate shear walls with different infill-to-boundary frame connections
Cuneyt vatansever, Nesrin yardimci

Abstract     [Full Text]
    To make direct comparisons regarding the cyclic behavior of thin steel plate shear walls (TSPSWs) with different infill-to-boundary frame connections, two TSPSWs were tested under quasi-static conditions, one having the infill plate attached to the boundary frame members on all edges and the other having the infill plate connected only to the beams. Also, the bare frame that was used in the TSPSW specimens was tested to provide data for the calibration of numerical models. The connection of infill plates to surrounding frames was achieved through the use of self-drilling screws to fish plates that were welded to the frame members. The behavior of TSPSW specimens are compared and discussed with emphasis on the characteristics important in seismic response, including the initial stiffness, ultimate strength and deformation modes observed during the tests. It is shown that TSPSW specimens achieve significant ductility and energy dissipation while the ultimate failure mode resulted from infill plate fracture at the net section of the infill plate-to-boundary frame connection after substantial infill plate yielding. Experimental results are compared to monotonic pushover predictions from computer analysis using strip models and the models are found to be capable of approximating the monotonic behavior of the TSPSW specimens.
Key Words
    steel plate shear wall, semi-rigid connection, self-drilling screw, cyclic loading, initial stiffness, ultimate strength, energy dissipation.
Cuneyt vatansever: Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
Nesrin yardimci: Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

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