Word-of-the-Month: Shear Studs
Shear studs are installed steel pins or grommets to create a structural connection between the concrete slab and structural steel beam. The stud locks the two materials together to greatly solidify the beam and distribute any shear force that the structure may incur.
Shear studs are typically spot welded to a steel beam after the metal deck is installed, with the spot welder burning through the metal deck to attach the shear stud directly to the top of the steel beam. To test the integrity of shear studs, simply strike the side of the shear stud with an iron mallet. If it has not been properly welded, the stud will break off at the point of intersection with the steel beam.
Stahl is constructing the new two-story, 118,000-square-foot Millard A. Olmsted Elementary School within the Urbandale Community School District in Iowa. Construction of the $28 million building is anticipated to be complete in May 2021.