The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 49 (1971) > Issues > Issue 1 > Unequal Axial Stresses in Coupled Walls
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Unequal Axial Stresses in Coupled Walls

The transfer of stress between two walls that are connected by beams, when the walls are subjected to different axial stresses, is evaluated. Methods of calculation are given for the following cases : firstly, when loads are applied during construction and therefore affect only the section of the frame already constructed; and secondly, when loads are applied after completion of the structure. A solution for the case of unequal stresses applied at the top of the structure is implied in the first method. The solutions are based on the simplification that the beams connecting the two walls can be replaced by a continuous connecting medium. Expressions are given for the total shear in the connecting medium, measured from the top of the wall to any point along the height of the wall, for the local beam shears and for the horizontal deflection of the walls. I.J. Jordan

Author(s): Jordaan, I J

Keywords: walls;beams;stresses;loads;transfer;multistorey buildings