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Shear walls are vertical elements of the horizontal force resisting system.
The figure shows a typical shear wall.
Shear walls are typically wood frame stud walls covered with a structural sheathing material like plywood.
Shear walls have four parts:
The length of a shear wall is determined by the location of the hold-downs
When the sheathing is properly fastened to the stud wall framing, the shear wall can resist forces directed along the length of the wall. When designed and constructed properly, shear walls will have the strength and stiffness to resist the horizontal forces.
Explanation: shear wall = a wall which acts to brace a portion of a building against wind or earthquake forces; it resists, by its stiffness, forces applied parallel to its lenght = muro a sollecitazione tangenziale
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