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D5.C.7 Code Checking

The purpose of code checking is to ascertain whether the provided section properties of the members are adequate. The adequacy is checked as per EN 1993-1-1:2005 and a corresponding National Annex (if specified). Code checking is done using the forces and moments at specific sections of the members.

When code checking is selected, the program calculates and prints whether the members have passed or failed the checks; the critical condition; the value of the ratio of the critical condition (overstressed for value more than 1.0 or any other specified RATIO value); the governing load case, and the location (distance from the start of the member of forces in the member where the critical condition occurs).

Code checking can be done with any type of steel section listed in Section 2B.4 or any of the user defined sections as described in G.6.3 User-Provided Steel Table , with the exception of ISECTION. ISECTION has been currently excluded since the option of Tapered section design is currently not supported in the EC3 module. The EC3 (EN 1993) design module does not consider these sections or PRISMATIC sections in its design process.

Note: Checks for slender sections to EN 1993-1-1 are limited to I-SECTIONS, TEE, SINGLE CHANNEL, SINGLE ANGLE and CIRCULAR & RECTANGULAR HOLLOW SECTIONS.

Code checking for GENERAL sections can be also done using the EN1993 module. The program will design GENERAL sections as I sections by default. However, you are given the option to choose a "section type" to be considered while designing the member. Refer to the description of the GST design parameter in Section 7C.6 for details.