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Re: Sprinkler Line Seismic Bracing

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In answer to your question;  yes this is most often how it is done.  Whats
more sprinkler designers apparently have a different code for this sort of
thing than say a mechanical engineer bracing water supply piping.
Personally I have had great difficulty getting the sprinkler designers to
adequately brace their piping.  The sprinkler designer refers to NFPA codes
that he uses to design with and which would not be provide adequate bracing
if calculated.

I don't know the size (and weight) of pipe that are supported and braced to
your beam but if it is small pipe,  4" or less and the span btwn braces is
not to large, I would guess that the lateral forces would not add
significant torsion to cause a problem.  You  might take some perverse
consolation in knowing that most sprinkler piping is thin walled and would
probably break before any significant lateral forces are transmitted to
your beam.    

David Carpenter
>> I recently reviewed some fire sprinkler shop drawings that had a typical
>> detail indicating a diagonal seismic (sway) brace which was indicated as
>> being connected into the bottom flange of the structural steel roof &
>> floor beams (perpendicular to the beams).  When we informed the frie
>> sprinkler sub contractor that this would create torsion that the beam was
>> not designed for we received the response that "this is the way it is
>> always done and no one else has ever questioned it"
>Has anyone else had similar experiences? This is a national fire sprinkler
>contractor that works all over the US including California.  It is going to
>be a cost item for the project since the fire sprinkler subcontrator is
>saying that the job was bid this way and will be more expensive to lengthen
>the braces to connect them to the top flange of the steel beam.
>Thanks for any responses,
>Joshua Matthews.