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Diaphragmforces

HowdoIobtaincollectorforceswithinafloordiaphragm?

1. Defineasemirigiddiaphragm,thenapplydiaphragmforces,asshowninFigure1:

Figure1Applydiaphragmforces

Figure2Displaystressorshellforce
3. Wheremaximumchordforcesareexpected,drawordefineasectioncut,asshowninFigure3:

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Figure3Maximumchordforces
ordertoenforceverticalline,thenselectRefresh,asshowninFigure4:

Figure4Inplanemoment
5. CompressionandtensionchordforcesarethengivenasthevalueofeachZaxismomentdividedby
slabwidth,asshowninFigure5:

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Figure5Compressionandtensionchordforces
6. Forshearandcollectorforceslocatedattheconnectionbetweenthediaphragmandashearwall,
drawordefineasectioncutnexttothesupportwhichfollowsthewalldirection,asshowninFigure6:

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Figure6Shearandcollectorforces
7. Again,ensurethattheresultantforceangleis90,andrefreshasnecessary.Giventhisexample
model,theshear/collectorforce,whichispresentedinF1,is2952lbs.,asshowninFigure7:

Figure7Shearandcollectorforces
8. Localaxisofsectioncut1,2andZaresimilartoaframeelement,resultantforceangleindicates
anglebetweenXglobalaxisandsectioncutlocal1axis

SeeAlso
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