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Rich,

Assuming you are comfortable with tension only bracing then you might consider a different section type such as double angles, WTs, or HSS tubes.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
Fluor



"Rich Lewis" <seaint04(--nospam--at)lewisengineering.com>
05/29/2007 04:00 PM
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I have a warehouse condition of a ‘X’ braced bay that is 31 feet high and 42 feet wide.  The diagonal length is over 51 feet.   I’m wondering if I should try to use the bracing as one large bay, or add a wind column in the middle and have two smaller bays.  The bracing is tension only for wind loads.  The load in the diagonal is about 21 kips.  What makes me most uneasy is the slenderness ratio of the brace.  If I try to limit the L/r ratio of the out of plane axis to 300 then I get extremely large angles.  If I ad a column I add almost 50% more bracing length, plus column and footing.
 
Thanks for your insight.
 
Rich
 
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