Walls

6.1 Introduction

A wall is defined as a vertical load-bearing member with a horizontal length not less than four times its thickness.

The design of walls is carried out by considering vertical strips of the wall acting as columns.

6.2 Example

Design the lowest level of a 200 mm thick wall in an eight storey building supporting 250 mm thick solid slabs of 6.0 m spans on each side. The storey heights of each floor are 3.5 m, the height from foundation to the first floor being 4.5 m. The wall is fully restrained at foundation level. The building is a braced non-sway structure.

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