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Last edited 14 Feb 2022
Struts and ties are common components of structural elements such as trusses. The two components work together to support the weight of other parts of the structure and any imposed load. The struts provide resistance to compression and sometimes contribute to tension resistance. Ties perform the opposite function.
This animated GIF depicts the opening and closing of the Henry Ford bridge - a double-leaf bascule bridge built in 1924. For each leaf, the operating strut (in purple) is drawn back using a pinion gear on the fixed structure. This brings the counterweight structure (in blue) down while raising the bridge truss (in red). A parallelogram link (green) means the rotation of the counterweight is synchronised with the rotation of the truss structure.
 Strutting and strut channels
Strutting is a method of providing temporary support to the side of a trench. It is sometimes called timbering and planking. Strutting can also be used between floor joists to increase the strength of flooring systems. In this instance, it may also be referred to as blocking.
Strut channels (also referred to as channel struts) are components that support cable management and plumbing systems. They are made from steel, aluminium or plastic and can be used to connect pipes, wire, threaded rods or bolts to walls.
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