Structural performance of steel plate shear walls with trapezoidal corrugations and centrally-placed square perforations

Milad Bahrebar, Mohammad Zaman Kabir, Mohammad Hajsadeghi, Tadeh Zirakian*, James B.P. Lim

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Steel plate shear walls (SPSWs) are an efficient lateral force-resisting system, and can be designed with corrugated and/or perforated infill plates, depending on structural considerations, architectural requirements, and service design. This paper presents a study on the structural performance of SPSWs with horizontal trapezoidal corrugations and centrally-placed square perforations under monotonic loading. Finite element models were developed for assessment of the buckling stability, stiffness, strength, and ductility performances of the shear walls. To this end, parametric studies were performed by considering the web-plate corrugation angle, thickness, and size of opening as the varying parameters in the nonlinear pushover analyses. It was found that the design of the boundary frame members can be effective in minimizing the deformations imposed by infill plates, providing system ductility, and developing lateral load resistance through stable development of diagonal tension-field action in the web plate. The effects of introducing web-plate perforations, and increasing the size of the opening, on the structural performance were also investigated. Proper design and detailing of the SPSW, along with optimal selection of the web-plate geometrical and corrugation parameters, can ensure desirable structural behavior and seismic performance for such lateral force-resisting systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-855
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Steel Structures
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • corrugated
  • numerical simulation
  • perforated
  • steel plate shear walls
  • structural performance


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