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Blue Book Article 8.03.050

Concentrically braced frames are vertical truss systems that resist lateral loads in the elastic range primarily through axial forces in members. Members intersect at a point or with small eccentricities that are not a source of inelastic deformation. In the inelastic range, braced frames may involve the flexure of frame members, but the inelastic drift is expected to be mainly a result of brace axial deformation, except in certain configurations that are not recommended.