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Best Brace Layout Question

Best Brace Layout Question

Best Brace Layout Question

(OP)
Hi everyone,

I am designing a RAM model that will incorporate some brace frames. My question is is there a optimal way of laying them out for best efficiency? Please view the screenshot to get a better understanding of my question. I have 2 bays with the single brace. Should I have one of the bays have the braces in the other direction?

Please let me know if you need clarification.

Thank you!

RE: Best Brace Layout Question

Are you allowing any compression in the braces, if so, can you use X-bracing with the braces attached in the middle. If you are allowing some compression... likely 30% to 40%, does it have any impact on your foundation loading?

Dik

RE: Best Brace Layout Question

(OP)
There will be compression in the braces because it is not a X brace, it is in separate bays. I believe there is no impact as the loads are all accounted for in the same way whether the braces are diaganol in the same/opposite direction.

I am not sure if it impacts my foundation.

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