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Re: FEM modeling of roof diaphragms

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You can use a plate element with an orthotropic material to represent 
different rigidities in X and Y directions. Check your software manual 
if you are going to use it to model this roof. (If your program does not 
do it, look into program STRAP)

>I am looking for information on appropriate methods of modeling a metal
>deck roof diaphragm as FEM plates.

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