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Amie;

On the few walls I've done I've wondered about the influence of out of plane
motions on the cyclic capacity of a wall and its base connections.  The
design scenario is a stiff wall in a system with relatively flexible
orthogonal frames, a rigid diaphragm, and torsional loading.  Will the
displacements of the frames and resulting out of plane rocking of the wall
degrade its connections to the base?

----- Original Message -----
From: Amie Smith <asmith(--nospam--at)eng.uci.edu>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Wednesday, 08 September, 1999 5:30 PM
Subject: UCI-CoLA Research


> This message is being sent to act as a recruitment devise for
> suggestions
> from the design profession on timber shear walls.  Since late '98 UC
> Irvine
> has been conducting a Light-framed Shearwall Research Project in
> conjunction
> with the City of LA.  This project has revolved around the construction,
>
> pseudo-static testing and analyzing of 27 different wall configurations
> with
> variable sheathing type and thickness', nail type and spacing as well as
>
> wood and steel stud framing.  To date the project has provided raw and
> summarized data related to envelope load-displacement curves, estimates
> of
> the yield limit and strength limit states, drift information, etc.
> Currently, myself and 2 other graduate students involved in running this
>
> research project, will ultimately use this collected data for the basis
> of
> our MS thesis.  As we begin the brainstorming for specific thesis topics
> we
> are interested in the ideas and advise of the design professional's.
> Are
> there any topics that specifically interest you or any ongoing issues in
> the
> design community that a thesis paper could address?  If you would like
> more
> information on the project e-mail me at asmith(--nospam--at)eng.uci.edu, otherwise we
>
> look forward to hearing your responses/suggestions.
>
> Thank You
> Amie Smith
> UCI Graduate Student
>
>
>