Flexible Diaphragms

  • Edmond Saliklis


Consider now the situation of reinforced concrete, or reinforced masonry shear walls supporting a plywood diaphragm. Relatively speaking, one system (the wall) is much, much stiffer than the other system (the roof diaphragm). In this situation, we look at the structural system as a beam (the roof diaphragm) being flexed between immovable (rigid) wall supports. This structural system is classified as a flexible diaphragm. In reality, nothing is really perfectly rigid, but engineers assume one of the following two situations to be true. Either:

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edmond Saliklis
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  1. 1.Department of Architectural EngineeringCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

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