Shear walls and the application of prestress to brickwork
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Engineering
A shear wall is a vertical wall which is loaded horizontally at the top in its plane. The stiffness of the wall is such that the deflections due to bending and shear are of comparable magnitudes. Such loads are caused by earthquakes, wind and bomb blast. In an earthquake the horizontal load is distributed along the wall, as it is dependent upon the inertia of the storeys above the wall. Wind and bomb blast loads are transmitted from the face walls to the floors and thence to the shear walls.