Numerical 3D Finite Element Assessment of Bending Moment-Resisting Frame Equipped with Semi-Disconnected Steel Plate Shear Wall and Yielding Plate Connection

Seyed Morteza Salimi, Sepideh Rahimi, Mohamad Hoseinzadeh, Denise-Penelope N. Kontoni, Mehdi Ebadi-Jamkhaneh
2021 Metals  
Steel plate shear walls (SPSWs) have advantages such as high elastic stiffness, stable hysteresis behavior, high energy absorption capacity, and decent ductility. However, one of the main drawbacks of SPSWs is their buckling under lateral loading. To address this issue, a simple and practical solution in the form of using a trapezoidal plate moment connection (PMC) and a narrow gap between the infill plate and columns is presented. The PMC will act as an energy absorber, similar to a yielding
more » ... lar to a yielding steel plate, and keep the other structural members in an elastic state. Extensive three-dimensional finite element (FE) models of the SPSW system were investigated under monotonic and cyclic loading. The results revealed that by separating the infill plate from the vertical boundary elements and using two vertical edge stiffeners at both edges of the wall, the same lateral bearing capacity of the conventional system can be achieved. In addition, by increasing the thickness of the PMC from 6.5 to 26 mm, the load-bearing capacity, energy dissipation, and elastic stiffness increased approximately 2, 2.5, and 3.2 times, respectively. It was also found that the flexural capacity ratio of the connection to the beam had little effect on the overall force–displacement behavior. However, it can affect the system failure mechanism. Finally, the tension field inclination angle for such SPSWs was proposed in the range of 30 to 35°.
doi:10.3390/met11040604 fatcat:yqp6c2b5jvaoxlg4dxnibhpyse