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    Wood structural panel (WSP) sheathed shear walls and diaphragms are the primary lateral-load-resistingelements in wood-frame construction. The historical performance of light-frame structures in North America is very good due, in part, to model building codes that are designed to safeguard life safety. These model building codes have spawned continual improvement and refinement of engineeringsolutions. There is also an inherent redundancy of wood-frame construction using WSP shear walls and diaphragms. As wood-frame construction is continuously evolving, designers in many parts of North America are optimizing design solutions that require the understanding of force transfer between lateral load-resisting elements.

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    Yeh, Borjen; Skaggs, Tom; Lam, Frank; Li, Minghao; Rammer, Doug; Wacker, James 2011. Evaluation of Force Transfer Around Openings - Experimental and Analytical Studies. USDA Joint Venture Agreement 09-11111133-117 - Form No. M410 © 2011 APA -The Engineered Wood Association. 149 p.


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