Tech Note 559: Design Considerations for Flexural and Lateral-Torsional Bracing


Summary: Load bearing cold-formed/light gauge steel (CFS/LGS) framed walls are typically designed for a combination of axial and lateral out-of-plane (flexural) loading. Under this loading condition, common C-section studs may be susceptible to local, torsional, flexural, torsional-flexural, lateral-torsional or distortional buckling. The response performance of the stud depends on a number of parameters most notably how it is supported along its length (including its ends), the relative magnitudes of the applied loads and the distribution of these loads. This Technical Note discusses the behavior of the typical wall stud and provides some practical considerations for design of torsional-flexural and lateral-torsional bracing. Recommendations and considerations suggested in this technical note are done in accordance with acceptable practices and existing design documents.

Disclaimer: Designs cited herein are not intended to preclude the use of other materials, assemblies, structures or designs when these other designs demonstrate equivalent performance for the intended use. CFSEI documents are not intended to exclude the use and implementation of any other design or construction technique.


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