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Rick.Drake(--nospam--at) wrote:
>      Any thoughts on the best way to use metal stud framing as shear walls
>      when the architect will not permit the use of plywood in a production
>      facility tenant improvement?
>      The interior metal stud walls will be supporting a utility grid
>      (mostly HVAC, conduit, lighting, and ceiling) weighing about 30 psf
>      maximum, so the earthquake loads will be small.  I've been considering
>      the use of metal strap x-bracing, sheet metal screwed to the
>      individual studs, and designing the straps as "structural steel"
>      members.
>      Thanx,
>      Rick Drake, SE
Cemco makes a sheet steel piece of GWB for this application.
No ICBO approval due to a lack of cycled loading tests but
their monotonic tests might be enough to to satify the local CBO.
The product is Sure-Board, phone 818 369-3564.

Chuck Utzman, C.E.

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