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Unformatted text preview: Lecture #17 What is a shear wall ?
Consider the simple analogy of a typical residential interior stud wall. Consider a 12’ long by 8’ high stud wall sitting on a concrete slab. A stud wall is built from 2”x 4” wooden or steel studs placed every 16”
on center, with 2”x 4” pieces at the top and the bottom. The studs are secured with “toe-nailing” 10d nails @ 30º. Consider now the application of a large horizontal load to the stud
wall coming from wind or seismic loads. 1000 lbs The shear wall will “rack” an...
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