Steel Linear Elements Properties - CAN/CSA


By default, each steel element is calculated using the global steel design assumptions, in conformity with the current standard, but the steel assumptions can be defined locally for each element using the options available in the properties window.


Accessing the Steel Design Properties of the selected element

To display only the steel design properties of the selected element(s), from the Properties filter drop-down list select Steel Properties.

Steel linear elements properties - CAN/CSA

Properties window


Using the Properties window 

In the properties window, you can view and modify the properties of steel linear elements, allowing for detailed customisation and management.


Key Features and Functions:

  1. Clipping of forces
  1. Steelwork Design


Effective characteristics

Effective characteristics dialog box


Description of the Effective characteristics dialog box:



  1. Advanced stability (2nd order)
  1. Deflections
  1. Buckling


Buckling configuration

Buckling dialog


The blue highlighted fields display the calculated buckling lengths, Lfz and Lfy, when the steel calculation is completed.

  1. Lateral-torsional buckling
  1. Specific properties - contains specific parameters and options for steel linear elements according to the Canadian steel standard:


n = 1.34 (non-stress-relieved)

n = 2.24 (stress-relieved) option checked

Shear Resistance

The factored shear resistance of the web of a flexural member, Vr, shall be taken as

Vr = φs Aw Fs


Fs, the ultimate shear stress, is equal to Fcr + Ft

  1. Angle verification - only for elements with L-type cross section



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