Special rules for large wails in structural systems of large lightly reinforced walls Introduction

Eurocode 8 is unique among all regional (as opposed to national) seismic design codes in that it includes special design provisions for structural systems consisting of large walls that cannot be meaningfully designed and detailed for ductile response based on development of a single flexural hinge at the base. Because of this peculiarity, the special dimensioning and detailing provisions given in Section 5 for the large walls of such systems are described in more detail. They are based on the experience of the application of similar rules in the seismic region of the south of France. They apply only to walls that qualify as large and belong in a structural system of large lightly reinforced walls.

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