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I witnessed racking tests at an earthquake research laboratory in the late
60's and watched the holes grow around the nails in the gypsum board.  So
how many cycles do you think that the walls might be redundant?

Neil Moore

>I would be carefull here. In the mid eighties I worked for a structural
>engineering firm in which gypsum shear walls were used quite a lot.
especially in large
>development projects. 
>Also the interior gypsum walls will act to dampen the acceleration of the 
>structure during a seismic event and they provide a certain amount
>of redunant shear resistance. 
>John Buchanan