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RE: Diaphragm Mechanics

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Jake, I have a copy of a paper prepared by John Tissell in 1992 that   
gives a method for calculating diaphragm values using principles of   
mechanics.  Also, you can contact APA  "The Engineered Wood Association"   
at or call 253-565-6600.

 -----Original Message-----
From: Jake Watson
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 8:30 PM
To: Joyce; seaint
Subject: Diaphragm Mechanics

Does anyone have a decent reference to calculate the strength of a wood
diaphragm by mechanics?  There are too many options to simply rely on
the UBC table.  None of the UBC, '97 NDS, or Wood LRFD provisions have
methods that can be followed.  The LRFD provisions tell you what to
consider, but no methodology.  No hurry this time, just looking for
background information.  Someone even told me that the tables are merely
test results, not calculated.

Jake Watson, E.I.T.
Salt Lake City, UT