Masters Theses


"An experimental investigation was conducted to determine the lateral load capacity of two stud-to-track connections found in wind load bearing cold-formed steel stud walls. The study focused on the capacities of both the deflection track and screw-attached track connections typically found in lateral load bearing wall systems. The investigation was performed to study the behavior and to develop appropriate design guidelines for the United States Army Corps of Engineer, based on the AISI specification (2001).

The stud-to-track connections consisted of single C-section studs framed perpendicularly into track sections. For the screw-attached track connection the stud was connected to the track with a single self-drilling screw through each flange. For the deflection-track connection the stud was not attached to the track, allowing for movement in the vertical direction, with the track flanges limiting movement in the horizontal or lateral direction.

As a result of the investigation, the current design requirements were found to be conservative in predicting the lateral capacity of both connection types. Test results allowed for the formation of modifications to the existing design equations to better calculate the stud end support capacity"--Abstract, page iii.


LaBoube, Roger A.

Committee Member(s)

Yu, Wei-wen, 1924-
Flori, Ralph E.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Summer 2003


x, 52 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 51).


© 2003 William George Bolte, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Restricted Access

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Subject Headings

Steel -- Cold working
Strains and stresses
Lateral loads

Thesis Number

T 8231

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