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your teacher is right : the infills will increase the rigidity and decrease the period T .
so the base shear V will be bigger .
but sooner the in infills will crack  not  crushed  and will lose there rigidity .
infills crushed depends on the movment of the structure .
it is better to conect the infills by dowels or steel angle with bolts.
           Dr . hamida - Syria
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2008 2:02 PM
Subject: CMU Infills

Dear Fellow Engineers,
     My RC design teacher has taught us has to ignore the effect of CMU infills on a RC frame because they will be crushed during a seismic event. Recent seminars I attended shows that cmu infills interferes with  frame action thus attracting more shear. Is there any code provision regarding on how to treat cmu infills in relation with RC frames or steel frames?
       Your assistance will much appreciated. Thanks.
     Alex C. Nacionales.