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Re: WOOD - Load bearing studs in a party wall

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The 94 UBC at sect. 2306.8, in its last paragraph, appears to squarely
address this precise concern, where studs are "adequately sheathed on at
least one side."
The depth, not breadth, is used in calculating le/d.  Maybe it's that way in
later versions too. The same paragraph also covers truss top chords having
planks or sheathing nailed to them on one edge; same outcome. See 2306.7 for
the stud's flexural role: for 2:1 ratio as for 2x4's, no lateral support is
required. CG.

At 03:54 PM 10/22/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I am checking the load bearing capacity of a wood framed wall that is
>intended to be used in a party wall. This party wall consists of 2x4 studs @
>16" mounted on 2x6 top and bottom plates. These studs exist on each side of
>the wall. In other words, there are 2x4 studs @ 16" framed flush to one edge
>of the sill plate and 2x4 studs @ 16" framed flush with the other edge of
>the sill plate. These two "rows" of studs are offset so that there actually
>exists 2x4 studs @ 8".
>In a "normal" wall, these studs are laterally braced on both faces. For an
>interior wall, there is gypsum wallboard on both sides. For exterior walls,
>there is some kind of exterior sheathing (plywood or stucco) with gypsum
>wallboard on the interior. Therefore, these studs are laterally braced
>continuously about the minor axis. To determine the axial capacity based on
>l/d ratios, I have used the distance between the sill plate and top plate
>for my "l" and the depth of the stud for my "d".
>In this party wall case, there is gypsum wallboard on only one face of the
>studs. True, it is the compression face for the Code mandated 5 psf
>partition load, but one edge is still laterally unsupported. My gut feeling
>is that the capacity of the stud is somewhat less than if there was gypsum
>wallboard on both faces but a lot more than if there was no gypsum wallboard
>at all.
>Since I realize that I'm not the first structural engineer to be asked to
>use a party wall as a load bearing wall, I am curious what others have done
>in the past to determine the capacity of studs laterally braced on one face
>Bill Allen