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Gusset Problems

Part 3

By Del Underwood at Det Norske Veritas. This article appears in the May/June 1996 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

This final issue on gusset problems will discuss why gussets are "stiffeners" rather than "strengtheners". The effective load bearing capacity of a member of given strength is based upon how large a cross-sectional area is carrying the load. Gussets are commonly welded to tubular members to reduce their flexure under a bending load. The lift bar shown in Figure 1, at the right serves to illustrate this principal.

Figure 1Figure 1

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