The significance of removing shear walls in existing low-rise RC frame buildings – sustainable approach

Keihani, Reza ORCID:, Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali ORCID: and Goodchild, Charles (2019) The significance of removing shear walls in existing low-rise RC frame buildings – sustainable approach. Structural Engineering and Mechanics, An International Journal, 71 (5). pp. 563-576. ISSN 1225-4568

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According to The Concrete Centre, in the UK shear walls have become an inseparable part of almost every reinforced concrete frame building. Recently, the construction industry has questioned the need for shear walls in low to mid-rise RC frame buildings. This study tried to address the issue in two stages: The first stage, the feasibility of removing shear walls in an existing design for a residential building where ETABS and CONCEPT software were used to investigate the structural performance and cost-effectiveness respectively. The second stage, the same structure was examined in various locations in the UK to investigate regional effects. This study demonstrated that the building without shear wall could provide adequate serviceability and strength within the safe range defined by Eurocodes. As a result, construction time, overall cost and required concrete volume are reduced which in turn enhance the sustainability of concrete construction.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12989/sem.2019.71.5.563
Keywords: Low-rise RC buildings; wind actions; sustainability; non-linear static analysis; cost-effectiveness
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering > Civil and structural engineering
Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 09:19
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:59


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