Standard steel rolled shapes are defined by direct selection from extensive library of appropriate building codes.
Sections of arbitrary shape may be generated with wide range of advanced graphic tools – generation by tangent, Bezier curves, splines, arc of ellipse and circle, etc.
Combination of these tools enables the user to generate complex sections as sets of contours with different shapes, thin strips, point and embedded reinforcement. Openings of different shape may be generated. When you generate sections of arbitrary shape, Boolean functions are applied.
To define material of the section and/or its components, extensive library of different materials is used. New materials may be added to this library. It is also possible to edit data on materials available in the library.
Library of nonlinear stress-strain diagrams for materials is used when you generate nonlinear stiffness parameters for the section.
When computing axial, flexural, torsional and warping stiffness parameters, the program determines location of gravity centre for the whole section and direction of principal central axes of inertia, location of shear centre and torsion centre.
For a better comprehension of stress-strain state, there is an option to generate diagrams along thin-walled parts of the section or along cross-section of massive section. Principal and equivalent stresses are computed according to selected criteria of rupture and then visualized. The stress-strain state is presented together with colour palette with ranges of presented values.
For the sections from elastic materials, animation is available for mosaic/contour plots and diagrams according to defined DCF and DCL.
For the sections from nonlinear-deformed materials, animation of mosaic/contour plots and diagrams demonstrates changes in the stress-strain state when forces are increased and according to the specified stress-strain diagram.