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Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Hi all, can somebody point me to some resources that illustrate different load capacities for stud walls. I'm primarily interested in 3x6 studs at 16" on center and 20ft lengths. I've tried all the key words I can think of but can't find what I'm looking for.

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

I do not think you will find anything for a 20' height of stud. Probably have to figure it out and several things will enter into the mix here to determine the capacity.

That being said though, are you just looking for vertical capacity, neglecting any wind load?

Mike McCann, PE, SE (WA)

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Yes, just pure vertical capacity. Anything to help me ballpark the capacity would help at this point. Are there some good tutorials on the web on how to calculate this kind of thing? Thanks for your help!

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Why are you not hiring a structural engineer? What are you doing with this stud wall? These forums are not exactly for this sort of help usually.

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

If it is for an exterior wall of a house, the stud wall will have 1/2" plywood on the outside and 5/8" drywall on the inside. After all there are organizations that have done tests on thermal conductivity and fire resistance rating of such assembly. I would say that there is publication but the problem is to find out which organization is printing it out. I would say research plywood and dressed lumber organizations and check into Canadian organizations.

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Assume you are using wood

IRC Code Requirements for Wall Systems Limits on size and spacing: Table R602.3(5) limits stud height to 10’, size to 2 x 6 and spacing to 16” for homes with 2 floors, roof and ceiling. For wall systems higher then 10 feet, engineering is required.

Consider using Woodworks Sizer Software or Forte® Software

use eccentric axial loading of 1/6th the stud depth
hardware for stud to plate to handle the out of plane connection, refer to manufacturer’s installation guide.

Analyze studs for combined axial and bending loading.

1.Determine lumber design values, Fb, F’b, Fc, F’c, E, E’
2.Determine stress from load cases.
3.Check critical buckling.
4.Use interaction equation to proportion member.
5.Check span for bending using components and cladding pressure.

Axial Load, La
*Load case: W + D + Lr will govern,
La=W + D + Lr

Bending Load, Fb
*Load case: w (MWFRS)

Critical column buckling stress, FcE1

Interaction equation to check member capacities for combined loading.
((fc/Fc')**2)+(fb/(Fb'(1-(fc/FcE)))lessthanequal 1.0

I specify and use #2 or #1 for the increase in strength and diminsional stability. Homedepot ad local lumer yards carries the higher grade lumber in both white woods and SYP.

Using Fb SPF stud 675 psi
Adjusted value
Adjustment Factors
•Cd=1.6 (Fb, Fc)
load duration
•Cr = 1.4 (2x6) & 1.5 (2x4), (Fb,)
repetitive member
IBC, Table 2306.2.1
•Cf = 1.5 (Fb)& 1.15 (Fc)
size factorUse with Hem Fir
Factors included in values for SYP
•CL = 1.0
lateral stability, assume wall sheathed
•F’b = 675 psi (1.6)(1.5)(1.5) = 2,430 psi allowable

Some building code allows a stress increase for stud walls with plywood sheathing one the exterior surface and gyp board on the inside.

Check deflection limit L/240 corresponds for current code and Live Load = Wind and brittle wall finish. See IBC Table 1604.3

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

See above for details, but you're claiming a 3x 6 stud wall?

Even 2x "2x4" would be 3" x 3.5" (if glued or scrwed together) but "naile together" (or just back-to-back assembly) would not give you a lot of combiend strength. Quantity two 2x6 wood boards fastened together would yield 3 x 5.5. Again, not the dimension you started with.

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Typically, using 2-2x studs in wood walls are used to increase the spacing of the studs. Say you need 2x at 4"o.c. or 6"o.c. you can use a 2-2x at 8"o.c. or 12"o.c.. For this reason nailing them together is acceptable. No reason to screw or glue them together.

Garth Dreger PE - AZ Phoenix area
As EOR's we should take the responsibility to design our structures to support the components we allow in our design per that industry standards.

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

You probably can't use a 6" depth for a 20 foot stud if you have significant wind with stucco or drywall. Also will you be spanning your roof trusses clear across the building?

RE: Looking for stud wall bearing capacity tables

Here is a typical studwall calculation using an Excel spreadsheet:

I am checking:

1. Axial loading only
2. Lateral loading only (C&C Wind Loads)
3. Combined Axial and Lateral loads (using MWFRS wind pressures)
4. Bearing on the sill/top plate
5. Deflection based on C&C wind loading only.

The combined calculation (3) is conservative since I am not taking any reductions (75%) for live loads that combine Lr, L, S and W.

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