Determining Shear Areas

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With the cross‑section program SHAPE‑THIN, you can create any thin‑walled cross‑section and then use it in RFEM or RSTAB as member cross‑section. SHAPE‑THIN can give all relevant cross‑section values of any cross‑section for a design and stress analysis.

In the picture, you see the calculated shear area of a T‑section. SHAPE‑THIN does not use the simplified expression according to Eurocode. Instead, the shear areas are determined using the first moment of area. This procedure can be used for all cross‑section shapes.

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