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TR.53.3 Concrete Design Command

This command may be used to specify the type of design required. Members may be designed as BEAM, COLUMN or ELEMENT.

Members to be designed must be specified as BEAM, COLUMN, or ELEMENT. Members, once designed as a beam, cannot be redesigned as a column again, or vice versa.

General Format

DESIGN { BEAM | COLUMN | ELEMENT } { memb-list | (ALL) }


  1. Only plate elements may be designed as ELEMENT.
  2. Enter this command after the parameters needed for this command have been entered.
  3. The DESIGN ELEMENT command designs individual plate elements using the procedure explained in D1.F.6 Slab Design for the ACI code. For theoretical information on designing individual plate elements per other design codes, please refer to D. Design Codes.