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If it is feasible maybe the Simpson Steel Strong Walls made out of the corrugated steel might work.
Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs, CA
In a message dated 3/18/2009 10:43:35 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, GordonGoodell(--nospam--at) writes:

Bill, David, Drew, Jim, et al,


Thanks for your input on cold-formed steel shear values and appropriate R-values.  My investigation leads me to believe that I should not count on anything from this pre-fab structure, so I’m looking at other options.  There are several.


Jim, I looked online for the MCA primer, which I would be interested in regardless of whether I learn anything that might help on this job or not.  My experience with corrugated decks thus far has always been using them filled with structural concrete.  I assume the primer also provides guidance for using bare decks for shear.  They want $100 for you think it’s worth it?





From: Jim Wilson [mailto:wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 3:25 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Cold-formed corrugated




You can find design theories and exact detailed examples on how to do this if you can get your hands on a copy of "A Primer on Diaphragm Design" from the Metal Construction Association.  Its a bit tricky the first time through but it really works out nicely.  If I recall correctly, it can also be made into spreadsheet form without too much work.


Jim Wilson, PE

Stroudsburg, PA


From: Gordon Goodell <GordonGoodell(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 2:47:15 PM
Subject: Cold-formed corrugated

I have a client who wants to use an “unengineered agricultural building” made of cold-formed steel as most of the envelope for a large woodshop.  I have my roof diaphragm problems solved, because it’s being furred out & covered w/ plywood (underside).  Does anyone have experience using corrugated metal for shearwalls?  It seems like the 4 ½”, 20ga corrugated partition panels supplied with the kit should have a lot of shear resistance if connected properly.  If I could prove it, it would be a shame to require wood shearwalls to be built right beside them.


Gordon Goodell