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RE: Tension rod bracing

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As with everything else.... it depends. Are you using ASCE 7 or IBC, and which edition?

The 2002 AISC Seismic Provisions do not preclude tension rod bracing. What will limit the applicability is the ASCE 7 or IBC. The biggest variables are: A. Seismic Design Category. Since you are using a SCBF, I would presume that you are in SDC D, E or F.
B.  Height

Look at ASCE 7-05 Table 12.2-1.

Harold Sprague

From: Drew Morris <dmorris(--nospam--at)>
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To: SEAINT <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Tension rod bracing
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 09:18:26 -0800

Under the 2002 AISC Seismic Provisions is tension rod bracing prohibited? We have a case where the building will be designed as a special concentric braced frame, but the architect is objecting to those braces that will be in front of large windows. Can tension rod bracing be used for these locations? The building is a 2 story structure and the braces will be on both levels.

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