I've been searching for a good reference on sloped diaphragms for a couple
of years but to no avail. If anyone on the List knows of one, please
respond. Specifically I am interested in how to determine forces at the
ridge line for a "hipped roof", where the diaphragm is composed of
trapezoidal and triangular subdiaprhagms (i.e. other than a detailed finite
> From: NRoselund(--nospam--at)aol.com [mailto:NRoselund(--nospam--at)aol.com]
> A characteristic of a sloped diaphragm that needs to be
> included in its
> analysis is that it acts in its plane, so that neither the
> load that it
> carries nor its deflection are horizontal...
> I've toyed with this effect to my satisfaction for the
> analysis of some of my
> projects, but I've never seen anything analytical published
> on it. I think
> it would make a good master's thesis topic.