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RE: 1/3 stress increase for 5 psf interior wind load

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I think you could take this either way.  I have always thought of this
load as something caused by slamming doors, items being leaned against
the wall, people accidentally bumping things into the wall, and just
general wall stability.  It could also be due to wind loads if the
circumstances were right to allow wind into the building.  

Now to your main question -- I do consider most of these loads to be of
short duration.  I believe you could probably use the 1/3 increase and
be okay.  (However, I would not use the 1/3 increase in this case unless
I was in a jam).

Michael Ritter, PE

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Dan Vines [SMTP:dan(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Monday, November 29, 1999 4:15 PM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	1/3 stress increase for 5 psf interior wind load
> I have designed (picked out of a catalog, really) interior load
> bearing metal studs for a small office type structure.
> Dale/Incor, in their catalog, provides allowable axial loads for
> various stud sizes at various heights under various wind loading
> condtions (other manufacturers provide the same info).  Anyway, they
> have a footnote that states: 
> For components subjected to 5 psf and greater lateral wind loads, the
> actual bending and axial stresses were multiplied by 0.75 in
> accordance with AISI Section A4.4
> AISI sect. A4.4 states:  Where load combinations specified by the
> applicable building code include wind or eq loads, the resulting
> forces may be multiplied by 0.75.
> The question is:  does the 5 psf interior wall loading prescribed by
> code constitute a WIND load.  My boss and I both think so, but I would
> love a second, third, or twelfth opinion.
> Thanks
> Dan
> Sherman D. (Dan) Vines
> Willett Engineering Co., Inc.
> dan(--nospam--at) <mailto:dan(--nospam--at)>