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This overview delves into Consteel’s solution, offering an alternative approach to calculating effective cross-sectional properties and reshaping conventional methodologies in structural analysis and design.

Determine the strength utilisation of a 384-4 web plate and 300-8 flange plate double symmetric welded I cross-section, if the stresses on the cross-section are NEd=500kN compressive force and My,Ed=100kNm bending moment. The material of the cross section is grade S235.

Calculation of cross-sectional properties

First, take the cross-section data (symmetric welded I-section), from which the Consteel software generates the EPS (and GSS) cross-section model (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1 Cross-section data model
Fig. 1 Cross-section data model

If the cross-section is class 4, the effective model is determined by the assumed normal stress distribution. According to EC3-1-1, the EPS model of a class 4 cross-section can be defined in two ways (see Online Manual/10.1.1 The EPS model):

– method A: based on pure stress conditions,

– method B: based on complex stress condition.

First the cross-section properties will be calculated by method A and then by method B.

Cross-sectional properties by method A

Aeff=4720mm2   

Fig. 2 Effective properties due to pure compressive force N
Fig. 2 Effective properties due to pure compressive force N

Weff,y,min=864080mm3

ez=14.5mm 

Fig. 3 Effective properties due to pure bending moment My
Fig. 3 Effective properties due to pure bending moment My

Cross-sectional properties by method B

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In Consteel, the calculation of cross sectional interaction resistance for Class 3 and 4 sections is executed with the modified Formula 6.2 of EN 1993-1-1 with the consideration of warping and altering signs of component resistances. Let’s see how…

Application of EN 1993-1-1 formula 6.2

For calculation of the resistance of a cross section subjected to combination of internal forces and bending moments, EN 1993-1-1 allows the usage -as a conservative approximation- a linear summation of the utilization ratios for each stress resultant, specified in formula 6.2.  

$$\frac{N_{Ed}}{N_{Rd}}+\frac{M_{y,Ed}}{M_{y,Rd}}+\frac{M_{z,Ed}}{M_{z,Rd}}\leq 1$$

As Consteel uses the 7DOF finite element and so it is capable of calulcating bimoment, an extended form of the formula is used for interaction resistance calculation to consider the additional effect.

$$\frac{N_{Ed}}{N_{Rd}}+\frac{M_{y,Ed}}{M_{y,Rd}}+\frac{M_{z,Ed}}{M_{z,Rd}}+\frac{B_{Ed}}{B_{Rd}}\leq 1$$

Formula 6.2 ignores the fact that not every component results the highest stress at the same critical point of the cross-section.

In order to moderate this conservatism of the formula, Consteel applies a modified method for class 3 and 4 sections. Instead of calculating the maximal ratio for every force component using the minimal section moduli (W), Consteel finds the most critical point of the cross-section first (based on the sum of different normal stress components) and calculates the component ratios using the W values determined for this critical point. Summation is done with considering the sign of the stresses caused by the components corresponding to the sign of the dominant stress in the critical point.

(For class 1 and 2 sections, the complex plastic stress distribution cannot be determined by the software. The Formula 6.2 is used with the extension of bimoments to calculate interaction resistance, but no modification with altering signs is applied)

Example

Let’s see an example for better explanation.

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Did you know that you could use Consteel to perform local and distortional buckling checks for cold-formed members?

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Did you know that you could use Consteel to calculate effective cross-section properties for Class 4 sections?

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Did you know that you could use Consteel to draw a user-defined cross section and calculate its section properties?

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draw a user-defined cross section
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Did you know that you could use Consteel to include in your model a wide range of cold-formed macro sections?

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Introduction

It is essential for the effective work of the design engineers to have a model which is easy to overview. In Consteel there are several functions to achieve that such as layers and portions, and also Member coloring by cross-section.

How it works

The color of the displayed objects is now determined by the object style settings in Options.

Layer color can overwrite these settings if the Layer style cell is checked on Layers dialog.

In the case of beam type members, it is also possible to set the color of the object according to the section it has defined. Coloring by member can be set with Object color setting dialog in the right bottom corner:

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