Shape Utility 1.0 Program Features
Shape Modeling Features
A shape or section can be modeled (2) different ways, either 1) by directly modeling the shape or 2) by using templates. Directly modeling a shape is accomplished by defining sub-shapes and then assembling (in the Assembler screen) the sub-shapes to create the final shape or section. There are numerous sub-shapes available which are listed below...
W-SHAPES, M-SHAPES, S-SHAPES, HP-SHAPES, A.S. CHANNEL, MISC. CHANNEL, W-TEE, M-TEE, S-TEE, ANGLE, S.W. PIPE, E.S. PIPE, D.E.S. PIPE, SQUARE TUBE, RECTANGLULAR TUBE, RE-BAR, PRE-STRESSING, CIRCLE, RECTANGLE, IRREGULAR, LINE, TRIANGLE, TRAPEZOID, ELLIPSE (SEGEMENT OF), CIRCLE (SEGMENT,SECTOR OF), PIPE S.W.,E.S.,D.E.S. (SLOTTED,SEGMENT,SECTOR OF), THIN WALL TUBE (SLOTTED,SEGMENT,SECTOR OF), PIPE (SLOTTED,SEGMENT,SECTOR OF), DECK (METAL COMPONENT), DECK (CONCRETE COMPONENT)
Method #2, by templates, is a powerful feature which allows the user to generate a shape(s) by selecting template forms. Simply complete the desired form(s) and the shape(s) will be created! The sub-shape generation & assembly is automatic! Templates available are listed below...
Concrete deck & W-shape >T001
Concrete deck & I-shape >T002
W-shape encased in concrete >T003
HP-shape encased in concrete >T004
TS/HSS-tube (filled with concrete) >T005
General tube (filled with concrete) >T006
S.W./HSS pipe (filled with concrete) >T007
E.S. pipe (filled with concrete) >T008
D.E.S. pipe (filled with concrete) >T009
General pipe (filled with concrete) >T010
General I-shape >T012
General T-shape >T014
Angle >T015 **
General angle >T016 **
Double angles >T034 **
TS/HSS-tube encased in concrete >T017
General tube encased in concrete >T018
S.W. pipe encased in concrete >T019
E.S. pipe encased in concrete >T020
D.E.S. pipe encased in concrete >T021
General pipe encased in concrete >T022
Concrete deck & T-shape >T023
Concrete deck & TS/HSS-tube shape >T024
Concrete deck & General tube shape >T025
Concrete deck & Channel-shape >T026
Concrete deck & Angle-shape >T027
Channel >T028 **
General channel >T029 **
W-shape plus channels >T031
W-shape plus angles >T032
W-shape plus cover plates >T033"
General joist or angle/plate girder >T035
Plate deck & T-shape >T036
Plate deck & TS/HSS-tube shape >T037
Plate deck & General tube shape >T038
Plate deck & Channel-shape >T039
Plate deck & Angle-shape >T040
Plate deck & Plate rib >T041
Concrete beam / General >T050
Concrete beam / Plank >T051
Concrete beam / 'T' >T052
Concrete beam / 'I' >T053
Concrete beam / 'Box' >T054
Concrete column section > T058
** to be available by a future update.
Analysis (run type) Summary
After you've generated your shape or section, there are (13) different "Run" types available...
1) "Basic data" - This analysis type simply solves for area, inertia, section modulus and principle axis. (material info. for all sub-shapes will be ignored).
The modeled section can have sub-shapes that represent a void-shape.
2) "Section analysis" - For this analysis type, material info. for sub-shapes must be provided to solve for EA, EI, Principle axis. Section modulus output is provided for each of the materials of the entire section. Also (optional) you may input the axial load (and the axial load position) & moments (Mx & My) to for solve max. & min. stresses for each material of the section!
3) "Solve shear center" - Solve for the shear centers for any section.
4) "Solve J & CW (or GJ&ECW)" - Solve for the torsional constants "J" & "CW" for any section.
5) "Beta-x" - N.A.
6) "Solve Aw (or AwG)" - Solve for the effective web area of any section.
7) "Stress analysis" - Easily do a 3 dimensional stress analysis on any section/beam. You can apply vertical/horizontal loads & boundary conditions, axial/torsional loads & boundary conditions. Also you can easily apply a temperature gradient to solve for thermal stresses/deflections.
8) "Curved beam" - Solve for stresses on a curve beam for any section. Simply specify the radius of curvature and solve for bending stresses for a unit moment load.
9) "Fully cracked EI" - Solve for the fully cracked flexural stiffness of a concrete beam section or composite section.
10) "Plastic analysis" - Solve for the fully plastic moment capacities of any section (section may include concrete, a composite section). There are numerous features available for this analysis type. For example, in a composite section, you may specify the precentage of composite action.
Also there's an option to correct the plastic compression forces of a flange based on the B / T ratio. This B / T correction feature is available for shapes generated by certain templates (to be available by an update)
Also, you may solve for ultimate concrete-section moment capacities (both conventional and/or pre-stressed sections). Analysis includes strain-capatibily and an ultimate concrete stress function.
11) "Concrete service calculation" - You may solve for service stresses of concrete beams for a specific axial & moment load or generate a table.
12)** "Beam/column analysis" - This analysis type uses the the VersaBEAM 3.0 Talkmode (must be installed & activated) to solve for the buckling capacity (column & lateral torsional) of a beam/column. The input form allows you to specify a beam/column with multiple sections, variable axial loads, variable vertical & horizontal loads, different boudary conditions vertically & horizontally.
13)** "Concrete beam analysis" - For conventionally reinforced and/or pre-stressed concrete beams. Please see UPDATES.
14)** "Concrete beam analysis /with form input" - For conventionally reinforced and/or pre-stressed concrete beams. Please see UPDATES.
** These run-types or features will be available by or before 7/20/18 or 4/20/18. They can be installed by Updating your Shape Utility 1.0 installation.
Shape Utility 1.0 Output
Output for a given "Run" is provided in text format. You may view & print (and save) these output files with a user defined header.
The shape or section can also be printed/plotted with a user defined header. Plots can also show output information --- centroid position, principle axes, shear centers...
For run-type #7 (stress analysis) there are number of plotting options available to plot variable loading, forces,deflections,stresses as a function of length. You may both view & print these plots. Also color stress contours can be viewed & printed for any position along the beam. For stress contours, there are numerous options for plotting normal & shear stresses. See the screen views!
Also color stress contours can be viewed & printed for run-type #8 (curved beam analysis).