Tech Note W101-23: Common Design Issues for Deflection Track


This Tech Note Updates and Replaces Tech Note W101-09

Summary: When cold-formed steel studs are used on exterior walls between spandrel beams or floor slabs to create the exterior envelope of the building, a deflection track is often required at the top of the wall to allow for the roof or floor above to deflect without transferring axial load to the studs. This Technical Note explores two methods for deflection track usage. Additional design guidance is provided in CFSEI Tech Note W100, Single Slip Track.

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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