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Section Designer is an integrated utility, built into SAP2000, CSiBridge, and ETABS, that enables the modeling and analysis of custom cross sections. These section definitions can then be assigned to frame objects. Section Designer is useful for the evaluation of member properties and nonlinear response, including nonlinear hinge and PMM-hinge behavior. Nonstandard or composite sections of arbitrary geometry may be created in Section Designer and then incorporated into a structural model. Sections may include one or more materials and a user-defined rebar layout. Modification factors may be assigned to simulate cracked-section behavior. All sections are assumed to be noncompact. Additional information is available through Context Help.

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Tutorials

TitleDescriptionProgram
Concrete confinement for Caltrans sectionsChanging the confinement characteristics for reinforced-concrete Caltrans sections within the Section Designer.SAP2000
Create bulb-girder sections with rounded cornersUse the Section Designer to create a bulb-girder section with rounded corners.SAP2000
Create custom sections using polygonal shapesCreate custom cross sections by drawing polygonal shapes within the section designer, then modify or add to their geometry through reshape mode or interactive database editing.SAP2000
Moment-curvature analysis for hollow prestressed-concrete pilesPerform moment-curvature analysis on custom sections developed within the Section Designer.SAP2000
Reinforced-concrete column and beam designDesign reinforced-concrete columns and beams while considering combined performance measures and interaction-surface output.SAP2000

Test Problems

TitleDescriptionProgram
Moment curvature, cracked moment of inertia and Caltrans idealized modelParameters and output for moment curvature and cracked moment of inertia.SAP2000