Summary: A Technical Note on
The Use of Steel Plate Shear Wall Inside a Reinforced Concrete
University of California, Berkeley
Copyright ©Abolhassan Astaneh Asl, 2003. All rights reserved.
Recently I have received a question regarding how one can use steel plate shear walls inside a
reinforced concrete frame and what precautions one should take. Here are some suggestions.
1. The RC frame is preferred to be "special" ductile moment frame. However, intermediate RC
moment frames may also be used along with appropriate R factor. Ordinary moment frames
are not recommended.
2. Following two connections are suggested to connect the steel shear wall to RC moment frame.
In the left detail, a continuous plate is placed on the interior face of columns and beams with
shear studs behind the plate embedded inside concrete. In the detail to the right, the boundary
beams and columns are composite with steel columns and beams embedded inside the RC
boundary elements. The beams and columns have "fin" plates which later will be used to weld
the steel plate to them.
3. All connections, including the welds and shear studs, should be designed to develop the