complex interaction between the bracing system and the member. Most studies have involved sophisticated computer analysis and as such the behavioural aspects have been clouded, especially when the results of such studies evolve in to design methods.
This paper deals with simplified mathematical models which clearly illustrate the interaction between the stiffness and strength of the brace itself and the buckling capacity of the strut. The proposed design rules are consistent with the behaviouc have a sound theoretical basis
and are simple enough to be applied directly in a design context.