A joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, University of British Columbia (UBC), and USDA Forest Products Laboratory was initiated in 2009 to examine the variations of walls with code-allowable openings. This study examined the internal forces generated during these tests and evaluated the effects of size of openings, size of full-height piers, and different construction techniques by using the segmented method, the perforated shear wall method, and the force transfer around openings method.
Full-scale wall tests as well as analytical modeling were performed in the study. This presentation shared test results from the (8 feet x 12 feet) full-scale wall configurations, which will be used in conjunction with the analytical results from a computer model developed by UBC to develop rational design methodologies for adoption in the U.S. design codes and standards.
Session Length: 1.5 hours
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