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> [In an X-braced frame] Does the tension member serve to laterally brace
> compression member?

Shankar Nair wrote a paper in the 4th Qtr 1997 AISC Engineering journal
called "Practical Application of Energy Methods to Structural Stability
Problems". One of the cases addressed is that of an X-braced frame. His
discussion illustrates cases where the frame can and cannot be considered
braced and will give you a good basis to decide what is appropriate for your

This paper (and all other AISC Engineering Journal papers) are now freely
available to members through epubs:

Hope this helps.  


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