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# RE: Wood-Framed Shearwall Compression Chords

• To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
• Subject: RE: Wood-Framed Shearwall Compression Chords
• From: "Haan, Scott M." <HaanSM(--nospam--at)ci.anchorage.ak.us>
• Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 14:52:03 -0800

```The panel sheathing is resisting the lateral forces and stuff behind the
wood panel carries gravity load, splices the panels together, splices the
panels to the stuff above and below, and splices the panels to the
overturning anchors.

I've had one guru tell me the way to look at it is the gravity load goes
into the stud and into the foundation and using more than one panel width
[4' tributary] to resist overturning is unconservative.

Say you have a 8'x40' long wall with 4 foot long panels at the ends and 30
feet contains wall openings. Question: For the perforated shear wall method
can you use half of 40' feet of tributary dead load to resist overturning at

Scott M Haan P.E.
Plan Review Engineer
Building Safety Division
Development Services Department
Municipality of Anchorage
http://www.muni.org/building
phone:907-343-8183
fax:907-249-7399
mailto:haansm(--nospam--at)ci.anchorage.ak.us

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 10:48 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Wood-Framed Shearwall Compression Chords

Dave,

wall. In the tension side, the weight is the resisting moment to
overturning and thus reduces the tension force ... but on the
compression side, the calculation is typically lumping this forces as an
additive force to the overturning. The intermediate studs obviously have
some capacity and take load ... however, the overturning component of
the downward compression is distributed based on the distance to the
neutral axis (or pivot point) of the wall - you could do an analysis
based on this method, but it's probably not worth the effort - there are
too many assumptions in shearwall design to begin with to try to get so
exact.

The other thing to remember with the compression design of the end post
post.

-gerard

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 11:13 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Wood-Framed Shearwall Compression Chords

Hello all,

I've got a copy of Donald Breyer's 3rd edition (I know there's a later
edition) for wood design and he describes the free-body diagram used to
determine the tension and compression chords of a shearwall.  If we
ignore reductions in the dead loads that the wall carries, a straight
use of the typical free-body diagram would indicate that the weight of
compression chord that is additional to the couple from the overturning
moment.  The FBD assumes no support below the wall between the ends,
thus simplifying to a two-reaction system.  This compression force comes
quickly during the check on the holdown, but I've always wondered if
this approach is overly-conservative for wood-framed shearwalls.  I
figure that the amount of "rocking" and realistic bearing of the wall
under a seismic event is difficult to quantify, so it's better/easier to
follow the FBD, but it still seems conservative.

Thanks,
Lane Engineers, Inc.
Tulare, Ca

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