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RE: Computer model with tension only bracing??

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Patrick,

I am sorry, I don't mean to be harsh, but your question is very vague.

1. You want to model a tower using tension only bracing.
2. You also like to know how to stabilize a symmetrical structure with
symmetrical gravity loading. What does this mean?

As for your first question, I suggest that unless you have a good reason to
do tension only, and the structure will be detailed to function as tension
only, don't bother with tension only problem. Just let the structure
function naturally.

Ghassem.


-----Original Message-----
From: Pat Ebner [mailto:PEbner(--nospam--at)younglove-const.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 1999 1:31 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Computer model with tension only bracing??


I want to make a computer model of a tower, as truss members, with tension
only diagonal bracing.  If the structure is symmetrical, how do I make the
model stable with symmetrical gravity loading only?

Thanks,
Patrick Ebner