Types of Bracing System Used in Steel Structures

Types of bracing system used in steel structures

  • Horizontal bracing system
  • Vertical bracing system

Horizontal bracing system

The bracing at each floor level provides load paths for the transference of horizontal forces to the planes of vertical bracing. Horizontal bracing is needed at each floor level, however, the floor system itself may provide sufficient resistance. Roofs may require bracing.

Vertical bracing system

Bracing between column lines provides load paths for the transference of horizontal forces to ground level. Framed buildings required at least three planes of vertical bracing to brace both directions in plan and to resist torsion about a vertical axis.

 

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