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Is it possible to model slanted shear wall in ETABS?

 
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jaherwasim
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:47 am    Post subject: Is it possible to model slanted shear wall in ETABS? Reply with quote

I am designing a 10 storied industrial building . Architect used a slanted wall in the front elevation of the building for aesthetic reason. But for structural framing I need to model this shear wall in ETABS. Is is possible in ETABS or I have to use any other software?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:20 pm    Post subject: LATERAL LOAD CAPACITY OF SLANTED SHEAR WALL IS A QUESTION . Reply with quote

Dear  Er.  Jaher Wasim,  
All experience Architects know typical  ACCEPTABLE  LETERAL  LOAD  RESISTING STRUCTURAL FRAMING  SYSTEMS . Some of  common types are :
1) FULL MOMENT FRAME  BUILDING  
2) COMBINED  MOMENT FRAME AND SHEARWALL SYSTEM , BUILDING  
3) STEEL  BRACED FRAME  BUILDING .  
4) STEEL MOMENT FRAME  WITH CONCRETE SHEAR WALL  BUILDING ,  
5) SHEAR WALL ONLY  WITH GRAVITY LOAD ONLY COLUMNS,  BUILDING .  
No where in these  STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS you have  a  SLANTED  SHEAR WALL used .
It is not a question of what SOFTWARE ( ETABS , STAAD ) you can use,  both software can do a slanted wall  but the  question is ACCEPTABLE STRUCTRAL  SYSTEM .  
Let  Sr.  Architects on your project show you a project/building  where a SLANTED  SHEAR WALL is used to  resist LATERAL LOADS of a 10 story building.  
Do not accept any thing and everything thrown at you by Architects to design. Question it .  If you have no lateral load coming to this wall and this is just like CLADDING , then yes you can have a slanted wall but not  a slanted SHEAR WALL .

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Vasudeo Pandya P.E.
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