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DriftTrak® Headed Stud - PTS

US Patent #7,503,150 & Patent Pending

DriftTrak® Headed Stud - PTS saves the time and expense of installing DriftTrak after the Post-Tensioned Concrete Slab (PTS) has been poured, by integrating it directly into the slab before pouring. The headed studs come preinstalled to the DriftTrak and function as the attachment to the post-tensioned slab instead of welding to the pour stop angle and use of PAF's or anchors. The DriftTrak is sized to fit above or under the high-strength tendon reinforcing at edge of slab. Once concrete is poured, the DriftTrak is ready to support exterior steel framing using any DriftTrak Bypass clip (DTSLB-PTS or DTLB-PTS) to accommodate vertical deflection and lateral drift requirements or provide a rigid attachment to the floor slab.

As with standard DriftTrak, DriftTrak Headed Stud also simplifies panel installation by allowing the installer to twist DriftTrak Bypass clips onto the DriftTrak as the prefabricated wall panel is hoisted into position, so they can be quickly and easily aligned to studs for attachment before the crane is unlocked from the panel. Vertical deflection and drift movement can be left intact or a locking angle can be installed to prevent lateral drift if not required.


  • Fits above or under the high-strength tendon reinforcing at edge of slab
  • Can be installed with DriftTrak bypass and rigid clips
  • Headed Studs preinstalled
  • Eliminates the need to attach DriftTrak to the pour stop angle of the slab after it has been formed
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Product Information


Material Composition

Track Material: ASTM A1003/A1003M Structural Grade 50 (340) Type H, ST50H (ST340H): 50ksi (340MPa) minimum yield strength, 65ksi (450MPa) minimum tensile strength, 97mil minimum thickness (12 gauge, 0.1017” design thickness) with ASTM A653/A653M G60 (Z180) hot dipped galvanized coating.

Headed Stud Material: ASTM A29/A108, Grades 1010 through 1020 or equivalent, 45ksi (310MPa) minimum yield strength, 55ksi (380MPa) minimum tensile strength, ⅜” diam. x 3 ⅛” length with ¾” head diameter.

Clip Material: DriftTrak Headed Stud - PTS can be used with DTSLB-PTS and DTLB-PTS clips: ASTM A1003/A1003M Structural Grade 50 (340) Type H, ST50H (ST340H): 50ksi (340MPa) minimum yield strength, 65ksi (450MPa) minimum tensile strength, 97mil minimum thickness (12 gauge, 0.1017” design thickness) with ASTM A653/A653M G90 (Z275) hot dipped galvanized coating.

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Insert DTH-PTS inside concrete slab form prior to pouring concrete.


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Place DTH-PTS above or below PT wedges per design details, with headed studs always away from slab edge. Block ends to avoid seepage.

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After concrete form is removed, twist clips into DTH-PTS track.


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Install stud panel and slide clips into place.


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Ensure stiffener is in place.


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Attach stud to clip with specified fasteners through guide holes.


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Order Information

Designation Qty/Box Lbs/Box Qty/Skid Lbs/Skid
DTLB600-PTS-L 50 39 2,250 1,755
DTLB600-PTS-R 50 39 2,250 1,755
DTSLB600-PTS-L 50 39 2,250 1,755
DTSLB600-PTS-R 50 39 2,250 1,755
DriftTrak® DTH-PTS-12ft N/A 32 (Piece) 50 1,600

Track Nomenclature

DriftTrak® Headed Stud - PTS comes in 12’ lengths, with headed studs in a single row (See drawing below). To specify DriftTrak - PTS, list "DTH-PTS," followed by the length.

Example: DriftTrak® DTH-PTS - 12ft.

* Clips and track sold separately.



DriftTrak® Headed Studs are to be installed with DriftTrak Bypass clips DTLB-PTS and DTSLB-PTS to better facilitate panel installation while accommodating vertical deflection and lateral drift requirements in floor slab bypass conditions. DriftTrak Connectors are sold separately.

Connector Nomenclature

DriftTrak® DTLB-PTS & DTSLB-PTS are made for 6" studs. They are classified by multiplying stud depth by 100, followed by "PTS," then "-L" for a Left version or "-R" for a Right version.

Example: Vertical Deflection required, left version required for installation
Designate: DriftTrak® DTSLB600-PTS-L

* Clips shown are left versions of DriftTrak DTLB-PTS & DTSLB-PTS. Right side versions are available as standard parts.
** Clips and track sold separately.


Allowable Loads

DriftTrak® Headed Stud - PTS with DTSLB600-PTS, Recommended Allowable Load (lbs): F2
DriftTrak® Headed Stud - PTS with DTLB600-PTS, Recommended Allowable Load (lbs): F2 & F3
Stud F2 Allowable Loads F3 Allowable Loads
Offset = 1.875" max
Thickness Mils (ga) Yield Strength (ksi) w/2 #12 Screws w/3 #12 Screws w/4 #12 Screws w/6 #12 Screws w/4 #12 Screws w/6 #12 Screws
33 (20) 33 377 565 754 1,130 256 313
33 (20)  50 544 817 1,089 1,136 370 452
43 (18) 33 561 841 1,122 1,136 381 465
43 (18) 50 810 1,080 1,136 1,136 551 672
54 (16) 33 789 1,080 1,136 1,136 536 655
54 (16) 50 1,080 1,080 1,136 1,136 775 945
68 (14) 50 1,080 1,080 1,136 1,136 1,064 1,064
97 (12) 50 1,080 1,080 1,136 1,136 1,064 1,064
Max Allowable Clip Load 1,080 1,136 1,064


  • Maximum tension on a single anchor should not exceed 1,600 lbs ASD. In tension and shear, the strength of the anchor itself should be considered. The weld does not need to be considered in tension or shear as the load table and 1,600 lb ASD tension maximum are inclusive of the strength of the welds. Designers must check headed stud tension and shear anchorage capacity in concrete per ACI 318 based on actual headed stud edge distance and concrete compressive strength. For more information, call TSN Technical Support at 1-888-474-4TSN.
  • Allowable load tables incorporate eccentric loading of fasteners.
  • Loads listed reflect force in a single direction. When multiple loads react on the connection, it is the responsibility of the designer to check the interaction of forces.
  • Torsional effects are considered on screw group for F3 allowable loads. It is assumed that all of the torsional moment is taken by the connection to the stud.
  • Design loads are for attachment of DriftTrak to stud and DriftTrak itself. Load tables reflect horizontal loads (F2) and vertical loads (F3)
  • Allowable loads have not been increased for wind, seismic, or other factors.
  • Clips are manufactured to fit into the DriftTrak and provide a rigid/slip connection to the stud, and free lateral movement of the structure.
  • One row of bridging is recommended at a maximum distance of 18” from DriftTrak if no other stud lateral restraint is present.

Fastener Patterns: DTSLB-PTS

DriftTrak DTSLB-PTS 2-screw Pattern

2-Screw Pattern


DriftTrak DTSLB-PTS 3-screw Pattern

3-Screw Pattern


Fastener PatternsDTLB-PTS

DriftTrak DTLB-PTS 4-screw Pattern

4-Screw Pattern


DriftTrak DTLB-PTS 6-screw Pattern

6-Screw Pattern


Load Direction


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