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Re: Compression flange bracing

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I know this is drifting a little, but I would like to know if there is a
general concensus on the subject of whether bar grating should, or should
not be counted on as lateral bracing for the beam on which it rests.  I
realize that if it were welded then there would be no question but often
times the only connection is 2 clips per end and one near the midspan - and
these clips are not always very tight.  I have been designing my industrial
buildings as if the beams are braced but I also require special connecting
of the grating.  I show a detail on the drawings that requires a connection
at each location where the grating passes over a beam.

>At 12:45 PM 10/29/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>From over 30 years ago...  In design of power plants (non-seismic area), I
>>asked how we could consider bar grating as lateral support for the top
>>flange of grating-support members.  The answer was that the beams would
>>be loaded if it weren't for the load on the grating.  If the beams are
>>loaded, we can count on a 20 percent coefficient of friction for lateral
>>support.  And 20 percent of the vertical load is gracious plenty for
>>lateral support.