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The stiffener plate is not capable of preventing lateral displacement of
the compression flange.  It also not capable of preventing twist of the
entire column section.  As a result, it cannot qualify as a brace point for
the purposes  of determining L-sub-b.

Rick Drake, SE
Fluor, Aliso Viejo, CA


                      "John Nader"                                                                                                     
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I am desiging a tall steel column (55 feet) that will be receiving wind

The exterior column flange is braced using the girts under positive
pressure.   Can I consider the stiffener plates as a brace for the interior
flange when the subject to negative pressure.

Thanks in advance for your input.


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