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Steel Calculator

The Steel Calculator™ is a standalone application which allows to quickly verify, design and optimize steel beams and columns.
  • It is also an efficient validation tool to verify design results of specific elements of complex models. Design optimization and automatic section selection features make economic and quality steel structures a reality.

Field of application

  • Verification, evaluation and design of simple or continuous beams and columns.
  • Validation tool for complex model members designed with other softwares.

Technical specifications

  • Predefined models includes:
    - Simple beams with common support conditions
    - Continuous beams with up to four spans
    - Cantilever beams
    - Gerber beams
    - Columns with offset loads with common support conditions
  • Standard CISC, AISC or European sections or parametric section shapes libraries created with the SAFI Software suite.
  • Latest revisions of the CAN/CSA S16, AISC ASD and LRFD codes and Eurocode 3.
  • Sections can be selected by the user or by the program
  • Dead, live, wind, snow and seismic loads.
  • Required inputs : section types, basic loads, geometric limits and design parameters.
  • To account for steel shape availability, the program can also perform verification on all section shapes of a given category
  • The various steel design parameters such as unbraced length, bending coefficients and second order effects coefficients can be customized to tune-up the model
  • Load combinations are created automatically by the program according to various codes such as the NBCC, BOCA, UBC, ASCE 7 and Eurocode
  • Load patterns for continuous beams can be carried out automatically by the program.
  • Load combinations and load patterns can be customized to tune-up the models
  • Graphical tools are provided to validate the models, the section dimensions and loads

Design and verification features

  • Ultimate limit states and service loads
  • Calculation of the bending, compression, tension, shear and combined resistance of steel elements
  • Deflections verified according to user defined criterions
  • Singly symmetric, asymmetric and built-up section shapes are covered for all design codes
  • The program optimizes the section shapes to minimize the weight of the elements of the model. This optimization is performed based on the complete or customized list of standard section shapes as well as any user defined library of standard and parametric sections shapes
  • Geometrical limits can be defined to control the dimensions and properties of the section shapes selected by the optimization engine.
  • The optimization engine can check various deflection criterions in the section selection process

Reports

  • Verification and optimization results are available for a given model.
  • Results for all possible sections that may be used for the given model can also be printed.
  • Results summaries directly provided on the screen for each member of the model
  • Detailed report and executive report (critical values) as selected by the user
  • Graphical or numerical visualization of results
  • Customized list of input data and results can be printed
  • All graphics and numerical results can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use by external programs
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