Advancements in Force Transfer around Openings for Wood-Framed Shear Walls

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A joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, University of British Columbia (UBC), and USDA Forest Products Laboratory was initiated in 2009 to examine the variations of walls with code-allowable openings. Test results from the (8' x 12') full-scale wall configurations, in conjunction with the analytical results from a computer model developed by UBC, were used to develop and refine rational design methodologies in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC). This presentation provides an update of that research with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. Rational design methodologies in accordance with the IBC will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Investigate past and current methods for determining force transfer around openings for wood shear walls.
  2. Compare the effects of different sizes of openings and full-height piers, and their relationships to the three industry standards for calculation of force transfer around openings.
  3. Assess new design methodologies for accurately estimating the forces around multiple openings with asymmetric piers.
  4. Estimate the deflections for shear walls designed using the force transfer around openings design method.

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Speakers Robert Kuserk, P.E.
Duration 96
Speaker Bios

Robert (Bob) Kuserk, P.E. holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Villanova University, a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and is licensed as a professional engineer. An expert on residential and commercial design with engineered wood products, Bob joined APA in 2016 as an Engineered Wood Specialist covering the Northeast territory. Prior to joining APA Bob spent twenty years as an engineer providing technical support for a major manufacturer of engineered wood products. He is actively involved in consulting with builders, suppliers, designers and code officials to enhance their use and understanding of engineered wood products. His design and construction management experience includes residential and commercial structural design.

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