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Hello everybody,

     Since I was introduced to Structural Engineering I know that the
torsional shear  due to eccentricity, must not be deducted from the direct
shear in any case. Only torsional shear that increases the direct shear
should be taken into account. The Code is a litle ambiguous when it says:
"Provisions shall be made for the INCREASED shears resulting from
horizontal torsion where diaphragms are not flexible" . It doesn't adress
the reduction of the direct shear as it was in previous codes.
     I was reading  SEA "Seismic Design Manual", Volume , example 25 and I
noticed that they reduced the direct shear (page 79) due to torsional
shear.
     Am I too conservative because I don't use this reduction? I checked
with several structural engineers and NONE of them use the reduction.
How is everybody else doing regarding this matter?

     Thanks in advance for your response.



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