Thursday, May 3, 2012

Design Considerations for Sawn Lumber Wood Studs

I am excited to say that my first publication for Structure Magazine just came out in the May issue.  I wrote the article about wood stud design after seeing inconsistencies in the way that different engineers perform their analysis.  I know of several engineers that use Enercalc's wood column feature for stud design.  Using a column analysis for wood studs tends to alter the way adjustment factors are applied, specifically the repetitive member factor. 

Another point of contention between some engineers is the allowable deflection for wood studs supporting brick veneer.  While the L/600 limit is applicable to cold formed steel stud framing, the same limit is not applied to wood studs. 

The article can be found here if you would like to read it and learn more about the design of sawn lumber wood studs.