Part 13: Design of Bracing Connections and Truss Connections

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Gross, J.L. (1990),
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Hewitt, C.M. and Thornton, W.A. (2004),
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Packer, J., Sherman, D. and Leece, M. (2010a),
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AISC, Chicago, IL. Small Lock Icon

Packer, J.A., Wardenier, J., Zhao, X.-L., van der Vegte, G.J. and Kurobane, Y. (2010b),
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Richard, R.M. (1986),
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Ricker, D.T. (1992),
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Thornton, W.A. (1991),
"On the Analysis and Design of Bracing Connections,"
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AISC, Chicago, IL. Small Lock Icon

Thornton, W.A. (1992),
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