Structural Section Properties

by Omer H. Brodie, Principal Engineer; Omer H. Brodie & Associates, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 8, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


A computer program is featured that is useful for determining section properties of geometric shapes used in a variety of applications, such as the use of built-up or nonstandard sections. Computation of structural section properties can be simple and accuracy-assured when performed on the computer using the BASIC program described. It is also quicker than calculating properties by the statistical method. Also explored are preparing a detailed sketch of the cross-section being investigated and assigning horizontal and vertical coordinates to each vertex as shown in an example.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Computer software | Geometrics | Statistics | Cross sections

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