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In what case is a Shear Key provided in Foundation?

In what case is a Shear Key provided in Foundation?

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Shear keys are designed and provided in various structures to provide resistance against lateral loads like earthquake loads and sliding forces in various structures such as bridges, retaining walls, the basement of residential buildings, precast buildings and culverts, masonry walls in seismic regions, and steel columns.

The shear key is provided in the following structural components-

  1. Bridge Structure
  2. Retaining Walls
  3. Footing-basement Wall
  4. Steel Column Base and Footing Joint
  5. Connections of Precast Concrete Elements
  6. Masonry Wall

To know in detail about the shear key, please read the article-
Shear Key in Construction: Purpose, Functions, and Uses95