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Re: Lateral Load Due to Foot-Traffic

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Try keeping it simple and use the code-prescribed lateral loads for railing design.  If they've
worked out the load possibilities for people leaning on a railing, then I would think it might be
reasonably similar to people walking and turning.

Jim Wilson, PE
Stroubdsurg, PA

--- Nels Roselund <njineer(--nospam--at)att.net> wrote:

> I have a 6-ft wide wood-framed exterior one-story stairway/exiting-corridor,
> no roof.  At about mid-height is a landing supported on 4x4 posts where the
> stairway makes a 90 degree turn.  I have the feeling that lateral loads due
> to wind and seismic loading will be relatively insignificant compared during
> emergency exiting with people turning the corner.  Any ideas on how to
> estimate or calculate the appropriate lateral load?   
> 
>  
> 
> Nels Roselund, SE
> 
> South San Gabriel, CA
> 
> njineer(--nospam--at)att.net
> 
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