Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil Engineering

Major Professor

Qiuhong Zhao

Committee Members

Richard M. Bennett, Edwin G. Burdette


Steel plate shear walls are investigated as a lateral load resisting system with particular interest towards seismic loads. Past physical testing is studied in order to determine trends in failure modes and design considerations. Analysis is conducted on data from two, large scale, steel plate shear walls that were tested under quasi-static loading. The investigation includes energy dissipation, axial forces in members, bending moment, curvature, infill stresses, and shear distribution. Recommendations are made for future projects.

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