Vol.4 | Issue 6 | June 2017
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Ravi Ozarker
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Modeling Tension Only Members in GT STRUDL

How to model members that can take tensile/traction loads only?

Refer to section 2.5.2.1 of GT STRUDL Volume 3 Documentation. In addition to this explanation, the following example demonstrates how this feature works. The “Tension only” command is used to model braces that can only take tensile axial loads. The example provided with this article illustrates two braces which will only activate when tensile loads are produced in them internally. There are three primary load cases created in this example model, namely;

  1. Dead Loads – Includes selfweight of all members
  2. Wind Load along +ve X direction (a 20 kip loading from the left)
  3. Wind Load along -ve X direction (a 20 kip loading from the right)


Figure 1: Dead Load Case – Note that both braces have zero forces as they are subjected to compressive forces.





Figure 2: Wind Load from Left – Note that one brace has zero force as it is subjected to compressive force.







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