TN-W101-09: Common Design Issues for Deflection Track

TN-W101-09: Common Design Issues for Deflection Track

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When cold-formed steel studs are used on exterior walls between spandrel beams or floor slabs to create the exterior envelope of the building, a deflection track is often required at the top of the wall to allow for the roof or floor above to deflect without transferring axial load to the studs. This Technical Note explores two methods for deflection track usage.