Speaker: Allen Adams, P.E., S.E.
Bentley Systems, Inc. / RAM
The behavior of a building structure in response to an earthquake or wind, including the distribution of the lateral forces to the lateral force resisting elements such as moment frames, braced frames or shear walls, is heavily dependent upon the nature, extent and stiffness of the floor and roof diaphragms. It is important that the building model used in the analysis and design of a building accurately – or adequately – captures the effects of these diaphragms.
ASCE 7 has fairly extensive requirements related to diaphragms, but confidently determining the proper way of performing the necessary analyses that satisfy those requirements can be challenging. With an emphasis on semi-rigid diaphragms, this presentation will discuss the types of diaphragms identified by the Building Codes and commonly considered by engineers, review Building Code requirements pertaining to those diaphragms, and provide practical recommendations on the appropriate modeling of those diaphragms in analysis software.
Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, May 8th.