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Michael Hemstad wrote: "The split tubes aren't intended to prevent
lateral movement of a flange by anchoring it to
something; the purpose of these stiffeners as I
understand it is to prevent the lateral motion of one
flange relative to the other.  If you can do this, you
have defeated lateral-torsional buckling".  

I had thought that restraining relative flange movement 
would help also, but in my recent research of information 
on lateral-torsional buckling effects, the entire beam 
cross-section can rotate, not just the compression flange 
moving relative to the tension flange. In this case, any 
type of stiffener will not help without external restraint 
to lateral movement. 

William C. Sherman, PE
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

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