Bearing brace apparatus

  • US 7,174,680 B2
  • Filed: 05/29/2002
  • Issued: 02/13/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/29/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A brace apparatus comprising:

  • a core member having a first end, a second end, and a middle portion;

    a buckling restraining assembly surrounding at least the middle portion of the core member, the buckling restraining assembly comprising;

    a metal support positioned external to the core member;

    a rigid cementitious layer coupled to the metal support and surrounding the core member; and

    at least two separate bearing members each of which is interposed between the rigid layer and the core member so that one side of the bearing member is in direct contact with the rigid layer, and an opposite side of the bearing member is not in direct contact with the core member such that an air gap is formed between the core member and the bearing members;

    the core member is comprised of a single piece of metal.

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