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CHAPTER 6

6 Bracing

This chapter explains how to create/modify/delete Support bracing elements on FRAMEWORK supports.

6.1 Creating Bracing

Creation of framework bracing is invoked from the Support Editor form.

Before proceeding with the bracing, ensure that the support frame and supporting steelwork are displayed
in the 3D view.

The first bracing element to be created will display the bracing name in green at the top of the form.

However the new bracing design, i.e. the ‘Type’ and ‘Dimensions’ etc, will only be completed by clicking
the Apply button.

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6.2 Selecting the Bracing Standard

There are two support bracing standard types available, XFB01(FB01) and XFB02(FB02), as displayed in
the standard plot files shown below:

6.3 Steelwork Size Selection (Material code)

Bracing steelwork sizes may be selected from the available list


displayed in the Size option gadget on the form.

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6.4 Selecting the Bracing Style

The bracing configuration required is selected by clicking one of the seven Style buttons displayed on the
form.

These indicate the location and direction of the bracing required. From left to right, the Style buttons
represent the type of bracing required.

Outside Frame Inside Frame

In Front of Frame Behind Frame

Under Cantilever In Front of Cantilever

Behind Cantilever

6.5 Create and/or Modify a Bracing

After selecting the required bracing configuration from the bracing form gadgets ‘Type’, ‘Size’, ‘Style’ and
completing the appropriate Dimension gadgets ‘Dim L’ , ’Dim H’ etc…, a bracing element may be created
and/or modified by clicking the Apply Button.

When the form gadgets above have been correctly completed and the Apply button is clicked, the designer
will have to successfully satisfy the two prompts issued in the bottom left hand corner of the 3D view,

i.e. ‘Identify frame member to be braced’ and ‘Identify supporting member’

The bracing Gensec is created and/or modified accordingly.

6.6 Bracing Dimensions

Where supporting steelwork is in the same plane as the bracing, the variables are dimensions L & H and
the bracing angle.

By default the angle is locked, allowing L or H to be modified where entry for L modifies H and vice versa.

Alternatively L or H may be locked and the angle modified. In this instance a change in angle will impact on
the unlocked dimension (L or H).

Where supporting steelwork is normal to the plane of bracing, the dimension L is fixed with the bracing
aligning with the steelwork centreline (standard XFB01) or at a clearance from the web (standard XFB02).

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6.7 Bracing Creation

The following shows an Outside Frame Bracing on an FT09 Support Frame.

The steelwork is stored under a framework and it appears on


the isometric MTO.

6.8 Bracing

Displayed below is a typical isometric MTO output when a bracing GENSEC is created.

Item 10 shown in the MTO output above display the evaluation of the RTEXT values stored in the DETAIL
reference of the bracing,

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In the first part the bracing standard description ‘Frame Bracing.’ is shown, as defined in the Catalogue.

The second part the bracing standard property CODE is evaluated and shown from the DATASET reference
of the bracing. The property CODE is concatenated from five separate fields/values defined for the Bracing
GENSEC, e.g. XFB01-4-500-500-A-W45U, where:

 XFB01 represents the bracing support standard.

4 represents the bracing ‘Style’ type number.

 500 represents the value in mm of the ‘H’ dimension.

 500 represents the value in mm of the ‘L’ dimension.

A represents the bracing GENSEC ‘Size’ as a Material Code.

 W45U represents the bracing GENSEC orientation.

6.9 Displaying Bracing Types

The available Bracing Types can be displayed by selecting View


Standard as shown.

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6.10 Displaying/Hiding the ‘on screen’ Dimensions

To display or hide the ‘on screen’ dimensions for the current


bracing element show in the form, click the Show/hide
Dimensions button.

6.11 Selecting an Existing Bracing

When the Supports bracing form is shown if one or more bracing


GENSEC already exist, the data for the last bracing GENSEC
on the support will be displayed.

The CE and the Pick, buttons may be clicked to populate the


bracing form with the data of a valid bracing GENSEC on the
current support.

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6.12 Deleting an Existing Bracing

The current supports bracing GENSEC displayed in the


Bracing form may be deleted by clicking the Delete
Brace button.

When an existing bracing GENSEC is deleted, the


remaining bracing GENSECs, are re-numbered in
numerical order with the data of the last bracing displayed
on the form. If no bracing members are remaining the
default settings for a new bracing element will be
displayed.

6.13 Modifying an Existing Bracing

Clicking the Mirror Brace button on the main Bracing


form allows the current bracing GENSEC to be
mirrored/reflected.

Clicking the Nudge Brace button displays the Modify


Bracing form show to the right.

A bracing GENSEC may be moved ‘By’ an incremental distance in any direction. Enter a value in the By
gadget and click the appropriate directional button to move the bracing GENSEC as required.

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Exercise 5 – Bracing

Perform the following task:

1. Using the Support Frame created earlier create an outside Brace.

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