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# RE: Rigid diaph. analysis with diagonal walls

• To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
• Subject: RE: Rigid diaph. analysis with diagonal walls
• From: "Richard L. Hess" <RLHess(--nospam--at)HessEng.com>
• Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 13:56:35 -0700

```Joe,
Why don't you just resolve each diagonal wall into equivalent X and Y length
walls and solve for the resulting component forces which can then be
resolved back to the original wall.  If it is a rigid diaphragm and the
resulting forces depend on the relative stiffness of each element, I think
this should give a reasonable answer.
Richard Hess

-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph R. Grill [mailto:jrgrill(--nospam--at)cableone.net]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 11:59 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Rigid diaph. analysis with diagonal walls

Drew,
Thanks for the offer.  I went out to my garage and dug through some boxes
and found my old Enercalc Book.
Joe

-----Original Message-----
From: Drew Morris [mailto:dmorris(--nospam--at)bbfm.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 11:19 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Rigid diaph. analysis with diagonal walls

Joseph R. Grill wrote:
>
> Some time ago, it seems someone ask about a rigid diaphragm shear
> distribution to a wall system where some of the walls are diagonal to
> the orthogonal axes. I have looked through all my references and, of
> course, all the examples are pretty simple wall layouts, all at 90
> degrees to each other. How do any of you take care of this situation?
> Are there any spreadsheets out there that will do this, or does anyone
> out there have an example from a reference that they could fax (or
> email) to me? Enercalc has a module to do this, but their new version
> does not contain the help module yet, so I can't get any background on
> it to see if I am inputting all the data correctly.
>
> Thanks for the help,
>
> Joe Grill
>
I have used this Enercalc module for this problem. I had a series of
braced frames that were not orthogonal. I had some preliminary forces
into the frames and designed them with preliminary brace sizes. Knowing
the brace geometry and the brace sizes, I could calculate the stiffness
and then assuming a height of the equivalent CMU wall, find a wall
length that would have the same stiffness. I then placed these walls so
that the wall midpoint was at the brace midpoint and with the same
orientation and then let Enercalc calculate the forces. With the forces
from Enercalc, I checked the braces, revised if necessary the wall
lengths and reran the Enercalc module. We ran this exercise to verify
the output from the 3D finite element modeling that we had some doubts

Good luck, I can send you the printout of the help file from the earlier
version of Enercalc if you need it.

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