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I have had a good success in using SAP2000 to model composite girders. In fact I verified the results by checking them against field measurements, and they are in very good agreement.

The key issue in modeling composite action is to constraint only pair of nodes with different labels, and not all concrete nodes to those of steel top flange with one lable. So it would be a bit tedious to define different constraint for every pair if you have too many nodes along the girder. The best way then is to go to *.s2k file and use a pre-processor program to compile constraint section of the input file.

Majid Sarraf

National Bridge Research Organization (NaBRO)

At 10:14 AM 6/13/00 -0700, you wrote:
Dear Leopoldo,
As far as m experiences, an easy way is just define an
equivalent section and go ahead by that. Although to
model steel and concrete parts together, you can
define two element, but the output generated by SAP
design module won't be accurate enough. Because the
model doesn't have an accurate definition of a
composite beam.
Good luck,

--- Leopoldo Sanz <leopoldosea(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Dear friends:
> Is it possible to model composite beams in SAP2000
> without doing hand
> calculations? May I simply specify effective width,
> slab concrete f'c, E,
> etc.? Where?
> Thank you very much
> Yours,
> Leopoldo Sanz

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