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ISRN Civil Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 161502, 28 pages
Research Article

A Conceptual Design Approach of Coupled Shear Walls

1Civil Engineering Group, BITS, Pilani 333031, India
2Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, India
3Department of Earthquake Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, India

Received 27 May 2013; Accepted 6 July 2013

Academic Editors: N. D. Lagaros and I. Smith

Copyright © 2013 Dipendu Bhunia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Earthquake causes considerable damage to a large number of RCC high-rise buildings and tremendous loss of life. Therefore, designers and structural engineers should ensure to offer adequate earthquake resistant provisions with regard to planning, design, and detailing in high-rise buildings to withstand the effect of an earthquake and minimize disaster. As an earthquake resistant system, the use of coupled shear walls is one of the potential options in comparison with moment resistant frame (MRF) and shear wall frame combination systems in RCC high-rise buildings. Furthermore, it is reasonably well established that it is uneconomical to design a structure considering its linear behavior during earthquake. Hence, an alternative design philosophy needs to be evolved in the Indian context to consider the postyield behavior wherein the damage state is evaluated through deformation considerations. In the present context, therefore, performance-based seismic design (PBSD) has been considered to offer significantly improved solutions as compared to the conventional design based on linear response spectrum analysis.