Lattice towers can be braced in various configurations (see image) but have you ever wondered why a particular configuration is selected?

Braces are needed to keep a structure stable and prevent it from swaying or drifting since most towers act as a cantilever system. They transfer lateral loads from the tower to the ground and they also prevent the tower legs from buckling. There are various types of brace configurations but can be broadly simplified to 3 groups.

Configuration 1 is called a Single brace and they are good for resisting light loads for instance near the top of a tower.

Configuration 2 is called a Cross Brace and is capable of withstanding both tensile loads and drifts.

Configuration 3 is called a Chevron/K- Bracing and it is used for controlling deflection and resisting lateral loads.

Other brace configurations are made from a combination of these basic configurations.

At KA we ensure that the right brace configuration is selected to new tower design or applied for strengthening scheme to increase capacity to withstand lateral loads. We also take responsible steps to consider, advise, and optimise each site, ensuring cost-effective design, installation, and maintenance for build contractors and efficient operator utilisation. Contact our expert team at: to learn more and discuss how we can best serve your needs.

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