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Designing with HSS: Truss Connections

on March 12, 2013

Truss connections are connections at the panel points of a planar truss, and are designed as tension/compression connections. In this video I discuss the specifics of trusses with HSS, including joint types, fabrication costs, failure modes, design approaches, welding, and more.

As a key takeaway, some of the top things to think about when designing trusses with HSS are as follows:

  • Keep the number of different sizes small
  • Try to minimize number of connections
  • Understand effects of joint configuration and connection design criteria before analyzing truss and selecting member sizes

If you’d like more information on truss connections, the following are resources that I would recommend:

You can also email me directly at with any questions.