Is there a way to design masonry shear walls with flanges? I see that the flange option does not provide a wall design for the flange?
Is there a way to design the flange so that reinforcement is ineffective for compression and effective for tension?
Also the program seems to limit the flange to less than 6t, and adjusts based on the length of the wall, is this correct?
In regards to my previous questions. When I have beams parallel to the shear wall which bear on the shear wall I get a very strange moment diagram in the masonry module diagrams. When I remove the beams the diagram looks better (although still a bit strange at the top but I suspect due to torsion). The wall deformation and stress when viewed in the main program look similar and 'correct'. Any thoughts on what's happening or how to make the beam only transfer gravity load?
Moment diagram w/ beams:
Note the user instructions state:
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However you cannot attach a .etz model. So I could not post them. Is there a way to post these?
You can now model a distributed load along any shell edge. There is no need to model a dummy member or model as a series of point loads at intermediate nodes. See screen capture below for the button that will open the Distributed Loads over Shell Borders worksheet. For your model, I recommend using this feature rather than using members and shell interfaces.
The RAM Elements Manual only briefly describes shell interfaces. The Help Context (click F1 when in the Shell Interfaces worksheet) has more information. Shell interfaces are intended for a case where a masonry wall is inside a steel frame, and say the all is intended to resist all gravity loads and the frame is intended to resist all lateral loads.
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