Document Type : Article
Department of Civil Engineering, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
In fill walls are not generally taken into account in structural analysis due to their complex behavior at seismic actions. As it is known, they increase the stiness as well as the lateral load capacity of the system. Sometimes, inll walls may have window and door openings in their planes. In the present study, behavior of Reinforced Concrete (RC) frames with inll walls, which have openings, is investigated under cyclic lateral loadings. Location and size of the openings in the inll wall are selected as investigation parameters.
Test specimens are constructed and experimentally analyzed. The inll wall changes the behavior of the frames under cyclic lateral loads signicantly. Location and size openings in the inll wall are two main parameters that aect the behavior of the inll walls as well as the frame. The test results clearly show that the contribution of the inll wall to the behavior of RC frame diminishes signicantly when the opening ratio is larger than 9%.
Therefore, the eect of the opening in the inll wall must be taken into account in the
structural modeling when the opening ratio is larger than 9%.