SEAoT AUSTIN

September Meeting

  • 22 Sep 2016
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • Maggiano's Little Italy - Domain
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Steel Plate Shear Walls for Buildings


Presented by:


Patricia Clayton, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Austin

 

Steel plate shear walls (SPSWs) are a viable lateral load-resisting system that can provide thinner wall profiles and lighter structural weights compared to equivalent concrete shear wall or steel moment frame options. While one of the early applications of steel plate walls in the U.S. was in Texas in the late 1970s, most SPSW applications over the past few decades have been in high seismic regions in the U.S., Canada, Taiwan, and Japan. This presentation will give an overview of the behavior and design of SPSWs and discuss example applications of the system. Recent advances in SPSW research will also be discussed, with a particular focus on findings and SPSW design alternatives that can be used in low-seismic applications of the system.


Patricia Clayton received her B.S. in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. She attended University of Washington for her Masters and PhD in civil engineering, where her graduate research was on a new self-centering steel plate shear wall system for enhanced seismic resilience. As a PhD student she was lucky enough to serve as a visiting researcher at the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering in Taiwan, where she conducted full-scale testing of this new lateral force-resisting system. She is now an Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include design and behavior of steel structures, performance-based earthquake engineering, and seismic risk assessment, including seismic vulnerability of Texas infrastructure to man-made earthquakes.


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