K evin Couch D avid de Kock K irsten Hinds. KDK Engineering. Temple Bracing Standardization. Senior Design Project. Introduction. 140 LDS temples currently in operation, 12 under construction and 16 announced
David de Kock
Senior Design Project
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints builds and maintains beautiful temples of worship throughout the world. It is expected that the life of these temples will span many generations as places to serve and worship God. In order for temples to remain functioning and operational, they need to be built and maintained with the latest advancements in seismic design. In addition to the structure of the temples, there are many mechanical systems integrated into the operability of the temple. These mechanical systems need to be designed for seismic loads. This project addresses the need for specifications and details for the seismic restraints of the mechanical systems within LDS temples.
Seismic bracing of HVAC systems must be spaced at specific intervals to ensure performance during a seismic event. The Brace Spacing Steps provided help the engineer easily determine the spacing of seismic braces.
Recommended specifications were also provided. These specifications will ensure all bids from engineers and contractors will be consistent and comparableand ensure proper seismic bracing of non-structural components. The specifications include clarification on items in ASCE 7-10 Chapter 13, definitions, submittal, force design, bracing and connection requirements.
Details were provided for various situations, including Rectangular Duct Transverse Bracing, Round Duct Transverse Bracing, Rectangular/Round Duct Longitudinal Bracing, Equipment Bracing and Rod Stiffening. Drawing examples are shown below.
Brace Spacing Guidelines
Brace Spacing Schedule
Rect. Duct Transverse Brace
Circular Duct Transverse Brace
David de Kock