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Load Capacity of a Holddown Post as a Compression Member

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Is there a rational way to determine the design capacity of a compression member in which the applied load increases linearly along its length from zero at one end to a maximum at the other end, as for a shearwall holddown the end of a shear wall?  I assume that the capacity would be greater than if the load is applied in end bearing each end.
Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer
South San Gabriel, CA