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Testing Columns and Bracing for Compression

To compare the strength of different columns or bracing members in compression, try this simple test.

  1. Make the members up to the length they would be in your model.

  2. Hold each member so that it stands up absolutely straight.

  3. Push down on each member with roughly the same force. What do you notice? ( Answer )

  4. Note which one is stronger under compression.

( See Example Test )

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