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ETABS Auto Wind Loads on Screen Walls

ETABS Auto Wind Loads on Screen Walls

ETABS Auto Wind Loads on Screen Walls

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Hi all,

I am relatively new to using ETABS and want to see if anyone has any tips for modeling wind loads on a building with parapets around the main roof level and 3-sided screen walls also at roof level near the center of the building. This project is located in the US so I am using ASCE 7-16 for reference.

I understand ETABS has an auto-generate wind feature that will allow you to generate loads based on diaphragm extents or shell elements (like cladding).

I would like to use the auto-generate wind feature for my wind pattern so that ETABS will also generate the 12 steps for each wind load combo. (Ref Fig 27.3-8 ASCE7-16). I am unsure of how to appropriately include the screen wall loads into the project since the t/screen wall does not have a diaphragm.

Any tips or tricks are highly appreciated!

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