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Cross-Bracing

Cross bracing is the diagonal positioning of struts, cables or ties in order to increase the strength of members of a structure. The diagonal elements are put in tension which is why steel cables are sometimes used in cross-bracing, whilst the vertical ones are most often in compression. In bridges, the purpose of bracing is most often to increase the torsional strength. This can be done through X-bracing, Channel bracing and K-type bracing to name few different types.



Most frequently used types of cross-bracing

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