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Regarding the following:
>   Seems to me that the EBF is an in-line fuse that protects the seismic circuit; just in case we get a short circuit in our seismic load theory and the real loads ex> 
> The other branch to the thread is that sometimes we have to shoot the engineer and get on with production.  This is not meant to flame anyone, just that I enjoy how discussions on the list cross back> 
> Bruce Hopper, P.E.
 There is no short circuit here.  The existing codes have "built-in" 
the fact that the REAL seismic loads ARE going to be 5 to 6 
times more that what you design the EBF frame for.  The yielding is a 
given fact, in a "code" event.

Martin Johnson
EQE International, Inc.