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Thanks Bill!


--- "Polhemus, Bill" <BPolhemus(--nospam--at)wje.com> wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doug Mayer [mailto:dougm(--nospam--at)teterae.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 12:52 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: structural light guage framing
> 
> Brian,
> 
> ...there is a free light gage steel design program
> by Clark Western
> (www.clarksteel.com) that is relatively simple and
> easy to use.
> 
> -----/Original Message/-----
> 
> I strongly advise not relying on any such program
> (and yes, I am
> familiar with the Clark software) without first
> doing a few typical
> examples of design (flexure, axial compression,
> connections, e.g.) by
> hand first. There is an acute danger in complacent
> reliance upon such
> software, because it obscures some of the nuances of
> cold-formed steel
> design (the current "proper" designation for this
> material).
> 
> For example, there are some aspects of design for
> stability, especially
> in flexure, in CFS design that are more than
> "trivial" due to the nature
> of the thin elements used. Don't just assume that
> "it's just like
> 'regular' steel design."
> 
> Get familiar with it first, before "automating" any
> such designs.
> 
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