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AISC specification Section D5 and Commentary Section D.5 stipulate minimum dimensions for pin-connected members.  Following these minimum dimensions can result in pin-connected members far stronger than they need to be. 


What is the purpose of these minimum dimensions?


Can we deviate from these minimum dimensions if the stresses calculate O.K?



Thank you for your assistance.


Bob Garner, S.E.


R. Garner

Moffatt & Nichol

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