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S181
Cold-Formed Steel X-Brace Design

John C. Huang, Ph.D., PE

X-braces are one of the most commonly used lateral bracing systems for cold-formed steel structures. This course provides detailed guidance on the design and detailing of steel strap X-braces, from wind pressure calculations to lateral drift analysis to connection design. A six-story apartment building with load-bearing stud walls is used as an example to illustrate the design concepts and procedures for X-braces. Typical details are also presented for both light duty and heavy duty applications. If you are interested in learning more about the shear wall design, we recommend you to take PDH Online Course S102 - Cold-Formed Steel Shear Wall Design, which is based on Shear Wall Design Guide published by Steel Framing Alliance (SFA). The Guide provides detailed information on the minimum design requirements and the allowable shear capacities of various wall constructions. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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