An investigation of coupled shear walls is carried out, using the transfer matrix technique, by considering the local flexibility at the wall-beam interface as well as the overall joint flexibility. The latter is investigated by treating the intermediate joint as a rectangular panel with a finite element-type displacement model. Finally, fully elastic joint models are obtained by combining the local with the overall flexibility of the beam-wall junction and also by considering the joint as a rigid joint of negligible vertical dimensions, i.e. a line connection of successive wall segments.
I.A. Akintilo and S. Syngellakis