International research framework and priorities for reinforced concrete wall buildings

  • Richard S. Henry University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Kenneth J. Elwood University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  • John W. Wallace University of California, Los Angeles, United States


Recent earthquakes have highlighted discrepancies between the intended and observed performance of RC walls and significant research is in progress to improve the seismic performance of RC wall buildings. An international group of researchers and practitioners developed a research framework in order to conduct a project mapping and prioritisation exercise for RC wall research. The process by which this research framework and mapping exercise were conducted is described. The framework was used to identify research priorities that would provide a basis for the direction of future research. High priority topics included, shear demands and capacities, effect of load-rate and loading history, seismic assessment of older walls, residual capacity and repairability, non-rectangular and core walls, and whole of building response.


Sritharan S, Beyer K, Henry RS, Chai YH, Kowalsky M and Bull D (2014). “Understanding poor seismic performance of concrete walls and design implications”. Earthquake Spectra, 30(1): 307-334. DOI:

Wallace JW, Massone LM, Bonelli P, Dragovich J, Lagos R, Lüders C and Moehle J (2012). “Damage and Implications for Seismic Design of RC Structural Wall Buildings”. Earthquake Spectra, 28(SUPPL.1): S281-S299.

How to Cite
Henry, R. S., Elwood, K. J., & Wallace, J. W. (2017). International research framework and priorities for reinforced concrete wall buildings. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 50(4), 608-615.
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