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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 4020563, 14 pages
Research Article

Experimental and Analytical Study of Slender Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall under Cyclic In-Plane Lateral Load

Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil y Ambiental, Centro de Investigación de la Vivienda (CIV-EPN), Quito, Ecuador

Correspondence should be addressed to Diego Sosa; ce.ude.npe@casos.ogeid

Received 3 March 2017; Accepted 15 August 2017; Published 24 September 2017

Academic Editor: Michael W. S. Lau

Copyright © 2017 Diego Sosa 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.


This study describes a slender reinforced concrete shear wall experimental test under in-plane cyclic lateral load, and the development of an analytical model which uses the fiber method approach to consider hysteretic nonlinear constitutive material models behavior. The shear wall tested had bending behavior, since the amount of longitudinal reinforcing bars produced weak bending capacity compared to the shear strength. The analytical model tries to represent global and local behavior of the wall, and its calibration is based on reaching experimental parameters like area enclosed and secant stiffness on every loop. After the analytical model was calibrated, the relation between some performance points and damage states observed during the test is studied.