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Re: mtl stud shear walls

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There was an ICBO report which dated back to late 80's I believe for plywood 
on metal studs. It got expired mainly due the fact that it was based on 
static loading and new programs had started to evaluate dynamic loading 
performance, as one of the replies earlier indicated. You may want to contact 
ICBO-ES to see if they still have the report in the archives. It would only 
be helpful if you are trying to determine whether the structure met the code 
requirements at the time of construction. Otherwise it's useless.

Ben Yousefi, SE
San Jose, CA