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Chevron Brace Connection Design - Economy of Alternate Approaches [N56]

Part 13 of the AISC 14th Edition Steel Construction Manual provides comprehensive free body diagrams for concentric connections of vertical braces framing into beam-column joints. However, this is only one of many types of common vertical brace configurations. This presentation discusses different approaches to the analysis of vertical braces framing into beams away from the beam-column joint. A generalized approach is taken taking into account brace bevels and forces. Different control interfaces are considered for generating admissible force distributions through the connecting elements, and discussion is presented regarding economy of the connections using various analysis approaches and variations in geometric and force parameters.
  • Date: 3/26/2014 - 3/28/2014
  • PDH Credits: 0


William A.Thornton; Patrick Fortney

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