Niaz A. Nazir,
"I am trying to compare the FEMA 273 equations for the deflection computation
of blocked and unblocked plywood diaphragms"
The unblocked diaphragm deflection is given in FEMA 273, Section 126.96.36.199,
page 8-27, bottom of right hand column, "The deflection for unblocked
diaphragms may be calculated using Equation 8-5, with diaphragm shear
stiffness, Gd as follows:
Unblocked, chorded diaphragms: Gd = 800,000 lb/in., Unblocked, unchorded
disphragms: Gd = 400,000 lb/in."
Note: Equation 8-5 is presented on page 8-25, FEMA 273, for calculating the
deflection of straight sheathed diaphragms. Apparently, the authors of FEMA
273 felt that Equation 8-5 could be used for wood structural panel unblocked
sheathed diaphragms with the proper Gd values greater than Gd value = 200,000
lb/in. for straight sheatheed diaphragms.
" The blocked diphragm stiffness is given by equation 8-6 & 8-7 (FEMA 273).
Using these equations will yield unblocked diaphragm stiffer than blocked
Since Equation (8-5) is so different from Equations (8-6) and (8-7) which
have many more and different terms than Equation (8-5), it is difficult for
me, without seeing your detailed calculations, using these three equation,
to agree with your conclusion,
"Using these equations will yield unblocked diaphragm stiffer than the
"Using ATC-7-1 one could compute unblocked diaphragm stiffness which calcs
out to be much less than FEMA 273."
I did not pull out ATC-7-1 to review what you wrote, but could you be a bit
more specific, using mathematical examples to illustrate your point.
I am not agreeing or disagreeing with your conclusions. I need more
information using mathematical substitutions in the above three equations to
better understand what you are saying.
There are other problems with Equations (8-6) and (8-7) which will be the
subject of another email message by me to the SEAOSC List Server.
Keep up the good work and an open mind in questioning the provisions of FEMA
Frank E. McClure FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com May 19,1999