Cross-Bracing Designby John T. DeWolf, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; The Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.,
Joseph F. Pelliccione, (A.M.ASCE), Struct. Engr.; McDonald & van der Poll, Stamford, Conn.,
Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 7, Pg. 1379-1391
Document Type: Journal Paper
The stability of cross bracing in which two diagonal members are used to resist a shear type load are studied, one member being in tension and one in compression. The results of a series of tests demonstrate that the present design method that neglects the effect of the compression member is conservative. An analytical approach is presented for predicting the maximum cross-bracing load. The tension member acts to brace the compression member with the result that the latter carries a significant portion of the total load. The maximum load may be assumed as that resisted by the two members when the compression member reaches its critical load.
Subject Headings: Maximum loads | Compression members | Critical loads | Ultimate strength | Bracing | Tension members | Load factors | Shear resistance
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