Effective Section

Can I calculate the effective section properties of a cross-section using RSECTION?


In the RSECTION program, you can analyze general steel or aluminum cross-sections and determine the effective section properties. For this, you need the Effective Sections program extension of RSECTION. If you have licensed this add-on, you can activate the Effective Section option for the calculation in the Base Data of the cross-section.

Then, define the standard according to which the calculation should be performed. Currently, the following options are available:

  • EN 1993-1-1 and EN 1993-1-5
  • EN 1993-1-3 (Cold Formed)
  • EN 1999-1-1 (Aluminum)

The effective section properties depend on the internal forces of the cross-section. Therefore, create a load case and define one or more internal force constellations.

After the calculation, the effective section properties are displayed in the table. In the graphic, you can check the stresses on the effective section.

Once you have saved the cross-section, you can import it into RFEM or RSTAB to use it for further analyses.

The webinar Determination of Section Properties and Stress Analysis in RSECTION shows the modeling and calculation of a cold-formed section. You can find further information there.


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