The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 55 (1977) > Issues > Issue 7 > A Basis for the Design of Column Bracing
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A Basis for the Design of Column Bracing

The paper presents non - dimensional design charts which allow the estimation of the critical loads of sets of interbraced compression members and also the strength requirements of the braces. The charts summarise the results of computations made on structures comprising up to six compression members in parallel linked by up to twelve lines of braces. Both uniform and'parabolic' axial force distributions within the column length are considered. The analytical procedure used is a normal stiffness matrix formulation using stability functions to incorporate the weakening effect of axial compression. I.C. Medland