Sheathing Braced Design of Wall Studs
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This report provides a summary document and final report for the multi-year project on Sheathing Braced Design of Wall Studs conducted at Johns Hopkins University. This project examined the axial behavior and axial + bending behavior of cold-formed steel stud walls braced solely by sheathing connected to the stud and track flanges. This report is a practical summary of the work: the history of sheathing braced design, derivations of new analytical methods, testing on components and full sheathing-braced walls, modeling of sheathing-braced members, and the development of the proposed design method are all provided in accompanying documents. Here the focus is on the proposed design method and its application.