Project Description

Dr. Anjan Bhowmick
Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University

Behaviour of Light-Gauge Steel Shear Walls With Screwed Infill Plate Connections for Regions of Low-

This research programme involves both experimental and numerical investigations of the performance of light-gauge steel shear walls with screwed plate connections. The experimental investigation will include a quasi-static cyclic loading of a large-scale, single storey, light-gauge steel plate shear wall with cold-formed infill plate screwed to a moment resisting frame (see Figure -1 above). The experimental investigation will examine two key aspects: (1) the ductility and strength of the cold-formed infill panel and boundary frames to sustain load while dissipating a large amount of energy at specific storey drifts, (2) the nature of the failure mode and behaviour of the infill plate-to-boundary member connections (screwed connections). The numerical investigation will involve nonlinear pushover and seismic analysis of such shear walls. A nonlinear finite element model will be used in this phase. Furthermore, seismic performance of the light-gauge shear walls with screwed infill plate connections will be evaluated using nonlinear dynamic time history analyses.

This research aims to contribute to the development of the seismic design guidelines for light-gauge steel shear walls for low-to-moderate seismicity regions.


Dr. Anjan Bhowmick joined the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec in 2011. He received his Ph.D. (2009) degree in Structural Engineering from University of Alberta, Edmonton, M.A.Sc. degree (2003) in Structural Engineering from University of Windsor, Windsor and B.Sc. degree (1998) in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests include Seismic design and analysis of steel structures, seismic retrofit and rehabilitation of existing structures and bridge engineering. He is very keen to promote use of structural steel in construction through innovations. His research activities are funded through NSERC, University grants and funding from the Industry. In addition to his research expertise, he has extensive industrial experience in Canada in the design of buildings and bridges. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA).

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