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There is a good article in the June Issue of "Structural Engineer" on this.
But, basically the segments of the perforated shear wall segments still have
to meet the minimum aspect ratios to be utilized. 
There doesn't seem to be a limit on the number of openings.
Correct me if I'm wrong, the main savings of this method is to reduce the
number of hold downs.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gina Gobo [mailto:GoboGT(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 5:59 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Perforated Shear Wall Approach

Is the perforated shear wall approach permited to be used on walls with more
than one opening? I have a wall that is 32ft long with three window
openings. There are four full height wall piers, two of which are not being
utilized because the allowable height to width ratio is exceeded. What I
would like to do is consider the wall as a whole using the perforated
shearwall approach. However, all of the documentation that I have is for
walls with only one opening. Does anyone have any suggestions on how
multiple wall openings can be analyzed without using the segmented shear
wall approach?