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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:

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