Wood Design: Diaphragms and Shear Walls AIA
program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional
education. As such, it does not include content that may
be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement
by the AIA of any material of construction or any method
or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in
any material or product. Questions related to specific materials,
methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion
of this presentation.
PDH Online | PDH Center
5272 Meadow Estates Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030-6658
Phone & Fax: 703-988-0088
AIA/CES Registered Continuing Education Provider (#J681)
This course presents
information on design and construction of wood diaphragms and shear walls. The
contents cover rigid and flexible diaphragms, shear walls, and detailed design
examples. The course materials are based entirely on the APA publication: Diaphragms
and Shear Walls. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which
is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
the conclusion of this course, the student will understand:
- the difference between diaphragms and shear walls;
- the difference between blocked and unblocked diaphragms;
- the difference between rigid and flexible diaphragms;
- the different diaphragm and shear wall panel layout;
- the importance of connection design;
- the importance of continuous load path;
- the components of diaphragms and shear walls;
- the design values of diaphragms;
- the design values of shear walls;
- the required adjustment of design values for different wood species;
- how to increase diaphragm and shear wall strength; and
- how to perform diaphragm and shear wall design calculations.
The purpose of
this course is to present information on design and construction of wood diaphragms
and shear walls. You
will be directed to the website of the Engineered Wood Association (APA) to
study the following APA publication:
Diaphragms and Shear
Walls (32 pages, PDF file format, 3.o MB).
Note: you need to register with APA (FREE) if you do not have an account with them.
click on the above underlined hypertext to view, save or print the document
for your study.
additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following
websites or web pages:
APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Wood Products Council
Wood Structural Panel Shear Walls
FEMA 368 - Chapter 12: Wood Structure Design Requirements
FEMA 368 - Chapter 12 Commentary: Wood Structure Design Requirements
Once you finish studying
the above course content you need to
take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.
DISCLAIMER: The materials
contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty
on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials
are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional
advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed
by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making
use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes
any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.