# Counter Diagonals

## Truss With Tension-Only Diagonals

**Situation**

Diagonals *BG*, *CF*, *CH*, and *DG* of the truss shown can resist tension only.

If *W* = 3 kN and *P* = 0, find the following:

1. the force in member *CF*.

A. 4.76 kN | C. 4.67 kN |

B. 4.32 kN | D. 4.23 kN |

2. the force in member *BF*.

A. 3.2 kN | C. 3.4 kN |

B. 3.3 kN | D. 3.5 kN |

3. the force in member *DH*.

A. 2.8 kN | A. 2.5 kN |

B. 2.8 kN | D. 2.7 kN |

## 3-Panel Truss with Flexible Cables Used as Diagonals

**Situation**

Flexible cables *BE* and *CD* are used to brace the truss shown below.

1. Determine the load *W* to cause a compression force of 8.9 kN to member *BD*.

A. 7.80 kN | C. 26.70 kN |

B. 35.64 kN | D. 13.35 kN |

2. Which cable is in tension and what is the tensile reaction?

A. BE = 12.58 kN |
C. BE = 6.29 kN |

B. CD = 6.29 kN |
D. CD = 12.58 kN |

3. If *W* = 20 kN, what will be the tensile reaction of member *CE*?

A. 6.67 kN | C. 0 |

B. 13.33 kN | D. 10 kN |

## Problem 436 - Howe Truss With Counter Braces

In Figure P-420, assume that counter diagonals act from B to E and from E to F in addition to the counter diagonals CD and DG shown in the figure. Assuming that these counter diagonals can support tension only, determine which diagonals are acting and the force in each.