Concrete walls with and without openings supported on three sides

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Doh, Jeung-Hwan, Loo, Y. C and Fragomeni, Sam (2010) Concrete walls with and without openings supported on three sides. In: Incorporating Sustainable Practice in Mechanics and Structures of Materials. Fragomeni, Sam and Venkatesan, Srikanth, eds. CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp. 209-214.


The Australian Concrete Standard (AS3600-2009) includes updated guidelines for the simplified design of axially loaded walls. More specifically effective length factors have been introduced to distinguish between walls supported on two, three and four sides. There is very limited information on the behaviour of walls supported on three sides. As such this paper presents results from an experimental study on six half-scale reinforced concrete walls supported on three sides with various opening configurations. All panels, with a slenderness ratio of 30, were subjected to a uniformly distributed axial load at an eccentricity of tw/6. Crack pattern behaviour and effects on ultimate strengths are discussed. Comparisons are made with identically sized wall panels supported on two, three or four sides (with and without openings) from other studies. Proceedings of the 21st Australian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, Melbourne, Australia, 7-10 December 2010

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9780415616577 (print) 9780203829868 (online)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Historical > SEO Classification > 8702 Construction Design
Keywords ResPubID23024, walls supported, experimental study, sustainable materials
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