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RE: 125' long steel truss, connection question

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Curt makes a good point.  As a senior "old-timer" once explained to me:

Although not exactly desireable guess where a plastic hinge will first form
in your top chord ?
Bingo ! At the panel point . . .
Guess what? now you've got the "pinned" condition of the classical truss

I never completely bought that for fear of loss of tensile or compressive
capacity at the plastic hinge that forms and have always kinda done what
Curt suggests.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	La Count, Curt [SMTP:Curt.LaCount(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Wednesday, June 23, 1999 7:25 PM
> To:	'seaint'
> Subject:	FW: 125' long steel truss, connection question
> Simon,
> Use the pinned results to check deflections and use the fixed results for
> stress.  This should envelope a good solution.
> Curt La Count
> Jacobs Engineering
> Portland, OR