Dissertation by Zeynep Tuna.
Reinforced concrete structural (shear) walls are commonly used as lateral load resisting systems in high seismic zones because they provide significant lateral strength, stiffness, and deformation capacity. Understanding the response and behavior of shear walls is essential to achieve more economical and reliable designs, especially as performance-based design approaches for new buildings have become more common. Results of a case study of 42-story RC dual system building, designed using code-prescriptive and two different performance-based design approaches, are presented to assess expected performance. Median values and dispersion of the response quantities are, in general, well-below acceptable limits and the overall behavior of the three building designs are expected to be quite similar. However, the ability to define shear failure and collapse proved difficult and provided motivation to conduct additional studies. For both design of new buildings and evaluation/rehabilitation of existing structural wall buildings, an accurate assessment of median (expected) and dispersion of wall shear strength and deformation capacity are needed. A wall test database (124 specimens) was assembled to investigate the influence of various parameters on wall shear strength and deformation capacity, and to recommend alternative relations for strength and deformation capacity depending on expected wall behavior. Test results indicated that ACI 318-11 underestimates the shear strength of the shear-controlled walls. Mean curvature ductility ratios were obtained as about 3 and 7 for shear- and flexure-controlled walls, respectively. The new relations will allow improved damage and failure assessment of buildings utilizing structural walls for lateral load resistance. Failure assessment of RC shear walls also was conducted for the 15-story Alto Rio building which collapsed in the 2010 Chile earthquake. Possible reasons for collapse were ident