Post-Tensioned Coupled Shear Wall Systems (NEES-2010-0922)

By Michael McGinnis, Yahya Kurama

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Jul 02, 2017


Title: Post-Tensioned Coupled Shear Wall Systems (NEES-2010-0922)

Year Of Curation: 2015

Description: This project investigates the feasibility of a new structural system for seismic regions, i.e., a seismic-resistant reinforced concrete (RC) coupled shear wall system where the widely-used, unbonded post-tensioned (PT) RC floor slab construction method is adapted for coupling (i.e., link) beams to develop coupling forces between the wall piers. The research objective is to develop a coupled wall system that provides significant performance, construction, and economic benefits, and that sustains little damage during a severe earthquake, over currently used shear walls coupled with diagonally reinforced coupling beams.


PIs & CoPIs: Yahya Kurama, Michael McGinnis

Dates: November 01, 2010 - October 01, 2014

Organizations: Lehigh University, PA, United States,
University of Notre Dame, IN, United States

Facilities: Lehigh University, PA, United States

Sponsor: NSF - CMMI - 1041598

Keywords: Coupling beam,digital image correlation,Coupled wall,Earthquake Engineering,Large Scale,large scale testing,Reinforced Concrete,Reinforced Concrete Structures,Reinforced Concrete Walls,Shear Wall,structural engineering,unbonded post-tensioned wall

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  • Michael McGinnis, Yahya Kurama (2017), "Post-Tensioned Coupled Shear Wall Systems (NEES-2010-0922),"


Coupling beam, digital image correlation, Coupled wall, earthquake engineering, Large Scale, large scale testing, reinforced concrete, Reinforced Concrete Structures, Reinforced Concrete Walls, shear wall, structural engineering, unbonded post-tensioned wall