Our office designs wood frame structures. When we would do a rigidity
analysis, and allow Rho to exceed one, in some cases we found that by
reducing the number of shear walls we could reduce the Rho factor. A very
fine tuned code compliant design. Redundancy. I draw a violin. It is
built with a chain saw.
From: Charles Greenlaw [mailto:cgreenlaw(--nospam--at)speedlink.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2000 6:43 PM
Subject: Old RHO Messages
Mr. Greenlaw notes:
"...My own examination shows that the present Rho factor procedure for
shear walls completely missed the point on obtaining redundancy; instead it
penalized lack of lineal feet of panel, regardless of stress per foot or
number of panels. It is a regular Rosemary's Baby of a code 'new arrival'."