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RE: STIFFENER HELP

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Title: RE: STIFFENER HELP

If there is no stiffener (a) and the design is proper, that means the panel-zone shear was adequately carried by the web without stiffening. The vertical plate in (b) is probably provided for a weak-axis connection. The choice between diagonal stiffeners in (c) and (d) just comes down to whether you like your stiffeners to be in tension or compression. Depending upon whether gravity or lateral load controls, the detail may switch direction based upon your preference.

Charlie