Tension Rod. Where nominal prestress is required in tension elements then high strength stainless rods are better suited than cables. Novum has created and fully tested its own line of architectural lightweight stainless steel tension rods which are aesthetic, fast to design with, stocked and economical. The rod ends are typically cast and machined open clevis and the design is such that the rod fails not the clevis pin or casting. Various diameters are available up to 30mm (1.2”) and attractive connectors and turnbuckles are used for longer items. The actual rod is machined and end fittings are typically brushed finish. Alternative end fittings are developed per specific project need. Conventional stock type mild steel tension rods and fittings are also available where architecturally requested or loading dictates.
Applications. Design examples are suspended facades, dead load hangers and the in-plane X-bracing of trusses, walls and roofs.