Load Path

         In order to design lateral force-resisting elements such as shear walls and diaphragms, it is important to understand how lateral loads are applied to a structure and the path that the loads travel through a structure.  The following is a demonstration of the path taken by an applied wind load through a single story flat roof structure.  It may be helpful to refer back to this demonstration as you work through the rest of the shear wall and diaphragm modules.

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last updated: March 29, 2002