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Some of the best examples of hand calculations use to be in the Chelapati (Long Beach) P.E. Review Notes.  There are also examples in Amrhein's Masonry Handbook.

However, I find it a lot easier just to do a simple 2D fine mesh finite element model and delete the elements where the doors and windows occur, put the seismic load at the roof/story level and let the computer distribute the forces.  It also makes for some neat color stress plots.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

"Joe Grill" <jgrill(--nospam--at)>

10/06/2004 01:35 PM

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forces at shear wall openings

Some time ago I saw an example (in a text or elsewhere) showing calculations to determine the forces at the edges of multiple openings in a shear wall.  I have examples for a single opening, but for some reason (age, lack of enthusiasm, two martini lunch) I can’t close the forces with multiple openings.  The source may have been Breyers latest text, I don’t remember and I don’t have a copy of it myself.  I anyone has an example I would appreciate getting a copy, or if you know of the source that I may have seen the example I would like to know that.  Fax number is 928-282-2058.
Joe Grill

Joseph R. Grill, P.E.