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Shear walls and suspension members
Hi,

I'm doing a design exercise and have struck with some problem in solving my structures.

The problem is that I have two shear walls in my structure, which are 11 meters apart and are spanned using steel sections. The remaining load is taken using an arch, which starts and terminates in the shear walls and suspended tension members.

So, which member should take the greater load? Is it shear walls or the suspension members?
Sriraj Gokarakonda
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Shear walls and suspension members
Dear Sriraj,

Your explanation is unclear to me. Please attach a sketch to explain it better. Maybe then I can be of some use.
Shubhru Gupta
Shear walls and suspension members
Sriraj, Because of gravity, loading flows down through structure, so the greatest load is taken by the walls...

...I assume you have two load-bearing walls 11 metres apart, spanned (either for floor or roof) by steel sections and these are supported by an arch with tension members (one arch? crossways to the steel sections?) and supported by two load-bearing walls.
Frank John Snelling
Shear walls and suspension members
Thank you for your replies.

There are two suspension arches over the shear walls from which suspension members are suspended through all the floors. There are six floors in total. I tried to upload photograph of my model, but there was some problem with the site.
Sriraj Gokarakonda
Shear walls and suspension members
Sriraj, Okay, your six suspended floors are the load on the arches and the combined load of suspension floors and arches are the load on the walls.
Frank John Snelling
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