Parallel Chord Trusses Replacing Steel Beams

The structural shape of parallel chord trusses consists of a combination of rectangles and triangles. The rectangle shape is proficient in resisting vertical load whereas its quite weak in lateral loading. However, the triangle shape can withstand lateral loads as shown in Figure 1. The parallel chords run along the length of the structure, providing support and stability.

In this article, we will be looking at cost effective ways in replacing steel beams with parallel chord trusses on suitable double storey designs where there are no limitations in depth of the structural member.

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