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Strong-Wall® Shearwall Selector

The Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Wall Shearwall Selector web application is designed to help the Designer select the appropriate shearwall solution for a given application in accordance with the latest code requirements.

These options are for development only…
Optimized In-Plane Shear

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In-Plane Shear

Manual In-Plane Shear

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In-Plane Shear

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Product Information

Optimized In-Plane Shear

Job Name
Enables the user to provide a specific job name for a project.
Wall Name
Enables the user to provide a name for each wall line in a project.
Wall Type
Solutions are provided for the selected Strong-Wall® panel type: SSW - Steel Strong-Wall® Shearwall, WSW - Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall or SW - Wood Strong-Wall® Shearwall.
Application
Defines the proposed application (use) of the wall. The choices are for walls at a garage front, on concrete, on a first-story raised-floor system, in a second-floor non-stacked application in a two-story stacked application, or a balloon-framed wall. For Steel Strong-Wall® and Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall, garage front may be chosen with or without the portal kit. Higher shear capacities are available when the portal kit is used.
This option appears for "Garage Front," "Standard Wall on Concrete," "First-Story, Raised-Floor System" and "Two-Story Stacked" applications. If the check box is enabled, the program will provide the proper Steel Strong-Wall model for use in CFS construction.
This check box only appears if a Two-Story Stacked application has been selected. If enabled, then the program assumes the lower story wall, in a stacked application, is installed on a wood floor.

Design Criteria

Code
Wall solutions are provided in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 IBC and 2015 IBC (International Building Code). Code reports may be found at www.strongtie.com or by contacting Simpson Strong-Tie at (800) 999-5099.
Load Type
Defines whether the input shear load is due to wind or seismic forces. Designer is to input the controlling load. The appropriate seismic "R" values are provided for the selected code.
Concrete Strength (psi)
Concrete strength may be selected based on specific project conditions. Concrete strengths of 2500 psi, 3000 psi, 3500 psi, 4000 psi and 4500 psi are provided in the drop-down menu. Note that for shearwall selection purposes, concrete strengths are only applicable to Steel Strong-Wall® and Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall. In some cases, lower anchorage forces , narrower panel widths, or additional solutions may be obtained with a higher concrete strength. The concrete strength is also used for determining the anchorage tension capacity.
Shearwall Height
Select the nominal wall height. Actual wall heights are shown under the "H" column of the Solution(s).
Shear Load
Input the ASD design (demand) shear load to the wall(s). For the load combination under consideration, include all appropriate load factors on the shear load prior to input.
lb
Floor Joist Depth
This option only appears with 1st story raised-floor systems and two-story stacked applications. Floor joist depth affects the capacity of Steel Strong-Wall panels installed on wood floors. Floor joist depth is also considered in the cumulative overturning evaluation of Two-Story Stacked Wood or Steel Walls.
Wall Height 2nd Story
Select the nominal wall height. Actual wall heights are shown under the "H" column of the Solution(s).
Shear 2nd Story Wall (lb)
Input the ASD design (demand) shear load to the wall(s) at each level. The program will add the 2nd story shear and 1st story shear to determine the total cumulative shear.
Include all appropriate load factors on the shear load prior to input for the load combination under consideration.
2nd Floor Joist Depth
This option only appears with first-story raised-floor systems and two-story stacked applications. Floor joist depth affects the capacity of Steel Strong-Wall panels installed on wood floors. Floor joist depth is also considered in the cumulative overturning evaluation of Two-Story Stacked Wood or Steel Walls.
Wall Height 1st Story
Select the nominal wall height. Actual wall heights are shown under the "H" column of the Solution(s).
Shear 1st Story Wall
Input the ASD design (demand) shear load to the wall(s). For the load combination under consideration, include all appropriate load factors on the shear load prior to input.
lb
Header Thickness
This option only appears when "Garage Front" applications and Wall Heights of 7' or 8' w/ Header on top are selected. This option is used to select the proper Wood Strong-Wall® panel model (thickness) based on the nominal header thickness of 4" or 6".
Header Type

This option only appears when "Header Thickness" of 4" is selected. It then provides an option to select a solid or double-ply header. Values for the Wood Strong-Wall panels will slightly decrease if the double-ply header option is selected. Steel Strong-Wall panels with multi-ply headers are limited to wind designs and SDC A-C (IBC & IRC).

Header by designer. Double 2x12 requires 1/2" plywood or OSB shim to make the header assembly flush with Strong-Wall panel. The shim shall match the header depth and Wood Strong-Wall panel width minimum. It may be placed on either face of the header or between plies directly over the Strong-Wall panel.

Max # of Wall Segments (per wall line)
Segment numbers are provided for axial load reference only. In order to evaluate alternate axial load cases, adjust the axial load value of the referenced segment(s) in the wall properties section or reduce the maximum number of segments to match the number of walls in the desired solution.
Please select Max # of Wall Segments (per wall line).
If this checkbox is disabled, then the minimum quantity of Strong-Wall shearwalls are provided as solutions up to the "Max # of Wall Segments" previously specified. If this checkbox is enabled, then the "Max # of Wall Segments" will always be used and filled with Strong-Wall® shearwalls.
Axial Load 2nd Story
Positive axial load selection affects shear strength and anchor tension force for the SSW and WSW shearwalls yet only anchor tension force for the SW shearwalls. Negative axial load selection affects anchor tension force for all SSW, WSW, and SW.
lb
Axial Load 1st Story
Positive axial load selection affects shear strength and anchor tension force for the SSW and WSW shearwalls yet only anchor tension force for the SW shearwalls. Negative axial load selection affects anchor tension force for all SSW, WSW, and SW.
lb
Max Wall Segment Width (Optional)
This input is optional and will limit the Available Wall(s) to the maximum width specified.
in
Segment Number Maximum Width
For each wall segment along a wall line, the maximum desired width of that segment and the axial load on that particular segment may be specified.
Axial Load (1st Story)
Positive axial load selection affects shear strength and anchor tension force for the SSW and WSW shearwalls yet only anchor tension force for the SW shearwalls. Negative axial load selection affects anchor tension force for all SSW, WSW, and SW.
Axial Load (2nd Story)
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Calculate

Manual In-Plane Shear

Job Name
Enables the user to provide a specific job name for a project.
Wall Name
Enables the user to provide a name for each wall line in a project.
Wall Type
Solutions are provided for the selected Strong-Wall® panel type: SSW - Steel Strong-Wall® Shearwall, WSW - Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall or SW - Wood Strong-Wall® Shearwall.
Application
Defines the proposed application (use) of the wall. The choices are for walls at a garage front, on concrete, on a first-story raised-floor system, in a second-floor non-stacked application in a two-story stacked application, or a balloon-framed wall. For Steel Strong-Wall® and Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall, garage front may be chosen with or without the portal kit. Higher shear capacities are available when the portal kit is used.
This option appears for "Garage Front," "Standard Wall on Concrete," "First-Story, Raised-Floor System" and "Two-Story Stacked" applications. If the check box is enabled, the program will provide the proper Steel Strong-Wall model for use in CFS construction.
This check box only appears if a Two-Story Stacked application has been selected. If enabled, then the program assumes the lower story wall, in a stacked application, is installed on a wood floor.

Design Criteria

Code
Wall solutions are provided in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 IBC and 2015 IBC (International Building Code). Code reports may be found at www.strongtie.com or by contacting Simpson Strong-Tie at (800) 999-5099.
Load Type
Defines whether the input shear load is due to wind or seismic forces. Designer is to input the controlling load. The appropriate seismic "R" values are provided for the selected code.
Concrete Strength (psi)
Concrete strength may be selected based on specific project conditions. Concrete strengths of 2500 psi, 3000 psi, 3500 psi, 4000 psi and 4500 psi are provided in the drop-down menu. Note that for shearwall selection purposes, concrete strengths are only applicable to Steel Strong-Wall® and Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall. In some cases, lower anchorage forces , narrower panel widths, or additional solutions may be obtained with a higher concrete strength. The concrete strength is also used for determining the anchorage tension capacity.
Shearwall Height
Select the nominal wall height. Actual wall heights are shown under the "H" column of the Solution(s).
Shear Load
Input the ASD design (demand) shear load to the wall(s). For the load combination under consideration, include all appropriate load factors on the shear load prior to input.
lb
Floor Joist Depth
This option only appears with 1st story raised-floor systems and two-story stacked applications. Floor joist depth affects the capacity of Steel Strong-Wall panels installed on wood floors. Floor joist depth is also considered in the cumulative overturning evaluation of Two-Story Stacked Wood or Steel Walls.
Wall Height 2nd Story
Select the nominal wall height. Actual wall heights are shown under the "H" column of the Solution(s).
Shear 2nd Story Wall (lb)
Input the ASD design (demand) shear load to the wall(s) at each level. The program will add the 2nd story shear and 1st story shear to determine the total cumulative shear.
Include all appropriate load factors on the shear load prior to input for the load combination under consideration.
2nd Floor Joist Depth
This option only appears with first-story raised-floor systems and two-story stacked applications. Floor joist depth affects the capacity of Steel Strong-Wall panels installed on wood floors. Floor joist depth is also considered in the cumulative overturning evaluation of Two-Story Stacked Wood or Steel Walls.
Wall Height 1st Story
Select the nominal wall height. Actual wall heights are shown under the "H" column of the Solution(s).
Shear 1st Story Wall
Input the ASD design (demand) shear load to the wall(s). For the load combination under consideration, include all appropriate load factors on the shear load prior to input.
lb
Header Thickness
This option only appears when "Garage Front" applications and Wall Heights of 7' or 8' w/ Header on top are selected. This option is used to select the proper Wood Strong-Wall® panel model (thickness) based on the nominal header thickness of 4" or 6".
Header Type

This option only appears when "Header Thickness" of 4" is selected. It then provides an option to select a solid or double-ply header. Values for the Wood Strong-Wall panels will slightly decrease if the double-ply header option is selected. Steel Strong-Wall panels with multi-ply headers are limited to wind designs and SDC A-C (IBC & IRC).

Header by designer. Double 2x12 requires 1/2" plywood or OSB shim to make the header assembly flush with Strong-Wall panel. The shim shall match the header depth and Wood Strong-Wall panel width minimum. It may be placed on either face of the header or between plies directly over the Strong-Wall panel.

Max # of Wall Segments (per wall line)
Segment numbers are provided for axial load reference only. In order to evaluate alternate axial load cases, adjust the axial load value of the referenced segment(s) in the wall properties section or reduce the maximum number of segments to match the number of walls in the desired solution.
Please select Max # of Wall Segments (per wall line).
If this checkbox is disabled, then the minimum quantity of Strong-Wall shearwalls are provided as solutions up to the "Max # of Wall Segments" previously specified. If this checkbox is enabled, then the "Max # of Wall Segments" will always be used and filled with Strong-Wall® shearwalls.
Axial Load 2nd Story
Positive axial load selection affects shear strength and anchor tension force for the SSW and WSW shearwalls yet only anchor tension force for the SW shearwalls. Negative axial load selection affects anchor tension force for all SSW, WSW, and SW.
lb
Axial Load 1st Story
Positive axial load selection affects shear strength and anchor tension force for the SSW and WSW shearwalls yet only anchor tension force for the SW shearwalls. Negative axial load selection affects anchor tension force for all SSW, WSW, and SW.
lb
Max Wall Segment Width (Optional)
This input is optional and will limit the Available Wall(s) to the maximum width specified.
in
Segment Number Maximum Width
For each wall segment along a wall line, the maximum desired width of that segment and the axial load on that particular segment may be specified.
Axial Load (1st Story)
Positive axial load selection affects shear strength and anchor tension force for the SSW and WSW shearwalls yet only anchor tension force for the SW shearwalls. Negative axial load selection affects anchor tension force for all SSW, WSW, and SW.
Axial Load (2nd Story)
1
lb
lb
2
lb
lb
3
lb
lb
4
lb
lb
Restart
Calculate
Calculation Results
Strong-Wall
Shearwall Selector

Determined by the design criteria inputs, up to four possible solutions may be displayed and are designated under the "Solution" column. These are ranked in the order of relative cost (lowest to highest material cost). Select the solution that best fits your framing requirements and generate a solution output by clicking Generate PDF.

Select One Strong-Wall Panel Solution Row

Optimized In-Plane Shear Strong-Wall Panel Solutions

Determined by the design criteria inputs, the possible wall options will be listed below. From the Available Wall(s) list select a panel that best fits your framing requirements. Click the Add button to include the wall in the Selected Solution list. Your solution may require multiple walls. Add walls until the Generate PDF button is enabled. Click to generate output. To remove selected solutions, simply click Clear Selected Solutions.

Select One Strong-Wall Panel Solution Row

Available Manual In-Plane Shear Strong-Wall Panel Solutions
Add Another Solution
Remove Solution
Selected Solution(s)
Clear Selected Solutions

Anchorage Design

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