Parametric Study of Shear Wall Placement Schemes
in Modern Mid-Rise Wood Construction

VCA is proud to be participating in a research grant being conducted by noted academic and industry experts who have joined together as part of the Light-Frame Performance Modeling Group to evaluate the relative performance of two shear wall placement schemes: (1) the “corridor-only” or “core” scheme and (2) the traditional shear wall scheme with corridor and perimeter shear walls. The analysis relies on a state–of-the-art 3D numerical modeling tool with the capability to predict building performance in the non-linear range of response through collapse. Fragility curves will be developed to compare relative performance of the two shear wall schemes.

For more information, please download the overview of the shear wall research framework.