Maximum spacing of beam bracing systems is controlled automatically and reported with steel beam reports.


Fy = Specified minimum yield stress
Ry = Ratio of the expected yield stress to the specified minimum yield stress, Fy
Lb = Length between points which are either braced against lateral displacement of compression flange or braced against twist of the cross section, in. (mm)
ry = Radius of gyration about y-axis, in. (mm)
E= Modulus of elasticity of steel = 29,000 ksi (200 000 MPa)

In addition to the requirements of Sections D1.2a.1(a) and (b), and D1.2a.2(a) and (b), the bracing of highly ductile beam members should have a maximum spacing of

Lb = 0.095ryE/(RyFy)