Abstract: The damage to reinforced concrete walls, observed after the earthquakes in Chile (2010) and New Zealand (2011), shows that the walls did not achieve the expected ductile behavior and could fail due to local and global instability. Therefore, extensive experimental and numerical research is presently conducted in this direction in order to define the failure mechanism of reinforced concrete walls, especially in relation to their possible buckling. This paper describes one existing mechanism of lateral buckling of walls. Since lateral buckling of reinforced concrete walls is affected by a large number of parameters, it is necessary to continue with the research of this complex phenomenon.
Keywords: reinforced concrete walls, ductility, lateral buckling