Shear Wall Analysis using Framework Method: Comparison with Shell Element Method and Column Analogy

Abstract

Different techniques are utilized to analyze shear walls like shell elements model or column analogy. Framework method (FWM) is used to substitute the shell elements. A rectangular model of rigidly-connected plane framework is adopted here. FWM is found to be more sensitive for mesh size than shell element. Column analogy (CA) is to model the shear wall using the standard wide column analogy between the adjoining columns using beam elements. The column analogy is a simple and efficient method to represent the structure.