D3.E.2 Design Procedure
The following two design modes are available:
D3.E.2.1 Code Checking
The program compares the resistance of members with the applied load effects, in accordance with BS 5950-5:1998. Code checking is carried out for locations specified by the user via the SECTION command or the BEAM parameter. The results are presented in a form of a PASS/FAIL identifier and a RATIO of load effect to resistance for each member checked. The user may choose the degree of detail in the output data by setting the TRACK parameter.
D3.E.2.2 Member Selection
The user may request that the program search the cold formed steel shapes database (BS standard sections) for alternative members that pass the code check and meet the least weight criterion. In addition, a minimum and/or maximum acceptable depth of the member may be specified. The program will then evaluate all database sections of the type initially specified (i.e., channel, angle, etc.) and, if a suitable replacement is found, presents design results for that section. If no section satisfying the depth restrictions or lighter than the initial one can be found, the program leaves the member unchanged, regardless of whether it passes the code check or not.
The program calculates effective section properties in accordance with Section 4 of the subject code. Cross-sectional properties and overall slenderness of members are checked for compliance with:
Clause 6.2.2, Maximum Effective Slenderness Ratio for members in Compression
Clause 4.2, Maximum Flat Width Ratios for Elements in Compression