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Re: structural analysis programs wish list

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merrick group wrote:

> Dear Engineers.
> I want an analysis program. I like a simple format: x, y and z with actual
> cross-sectional properties and results that give stress values for the
> given forces and with my own chosen load factors. At least 32 load
> combinations of my own choice. I would like input members to be down loaded
> from autocad (not an overlay but real numbers). I want output to a text
> file with known addresses. I don't want to be a push-over and accept
> another's interpretation of the code. I want to use unconventional
> materials like wood. I want to be able to put the program into any file
> directory, any computer, any time, free of talking to the dealer with his
> pocket full of secrete codes.
> My next try is a program never mentioned in this forum S-Frame. Comments
> please.
> A good program, allowing creative uses could be used to perform rigid vs
> flexible diaphragms. Case 1: flexible is when flexural stiffness is near
> zero with a closely modeled shear stiffness. Case 2: rigid is rigid.
> Vertical loads with some freedom of load cases could allow a complete wood
> design package. A period response analysis will reduce forces about 50% or
> to some min limit. Let me input information from a spread sheet or autocad
> and then give me an output that can be placed on a spreadsheet and that
> will change the tune to something I want to hear!
> David Merrick, SE
> Merrickgroup(--nospam--at)

I think you'll have to write/make you own software to satisfy your