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Structural Design of Steel Pipe Support Structures   
It is common to overemphasize the structural design of pipe support structures, rather than focus on detailing for stability or economics and practical aspects of the steel structure and the foundations. This is sometimes referred to as "over-designing" and "under-detailing". Sometimes the hanger-type pipe supports or the trapezes supported by another structure, such as the main building frame, are referred to as "pipe support structures." For the purposes of this discussion, the terms "pipe racks," "pipe supports," and "pipe support structures" are interchangeable. Essential elements for limit states of pipe support systems are often ignored, since these systems are comprised of secondary elements and rarely impact the structural integrity of any industrial facility.