Upgraded to ACI 318-11, spColumn is widely used for design of shear walls, bridge piers as well as typical framing elements in buildings and structures. Formerly pcaColumn, PCACOL, and IrrCOL, spColumn investigates sections that are impossible to find on design charts or to do by hand.
spColumn is developed for the design and investigation of reinforced concrete sections subject to combined axial and flexural loads. The section can be rectangular, round or irregular, with any reinforcement layout or pattern. Slenderness effects can be simplified through moment magnification in lieu of complicated and time consuming 3D models to account for second order effects.
The program offers investigation of irregularly shaped, reinforced concrete column sections that may contain openings or boundary elements. You can obtain the P-M interaction diagrams from both uniaxial and biaxial runs, as well as the Mx-My moment contour plots from biaxial runs for even the most irregular column and shear wall sections. Slenderness effects producing magnified moments may be included in the investigation.
Top selling worldwide, spColumn supports ACI 318-11 and CSA A23.3-04 reinforced concrete design standards. This version implements ACI 318-11 and continues to refine implementation of slender column design provisions. Import/export of DXF files, nominal interaction diagrams, and display of capacities at your load point are just a few of the modification offered in the current version.
- Support for ACI 318-11/08/05/02 & CSA A23.3-04/94 design standards
- Design and investigation run options
- Uniaxial or biaxial flexure combined with axial load
- Rectangular, circular, and irregular section geometry
- Non-slender and sway or non-sway slender columns
- Complete P-M and Mx-My interaction diagrams
- Customizable view of interaction diagrams
- Superposition of interaction diagram from a different run
- Factored, unfactored, axial, and control points loading
- Graphical input for irregular sections
- Imports geometry, reinforcement, and loads from text files
- Exports section to DXF files
- Exports P-M diagrams, Mx-My diagrams and 3D failure surface to TXT and CSV files
- GUI (Graphical User Interface) and batch (command prompt) mode runs
- Reports neutral axis location and maximum steel strain corresponding to section capacity
- Reports strength reduction factors in text output
* spColumn download link provides trial version of the software.
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