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The Criteria Form
Set the basic criteria for your
beam, rafter or joist in one form. Enter the duration of load, wet
use, deflection limits, and unbraced length. A calculator, load diagram
and note pad are one click away. The small raised grey squares provide
instant help. Could this be Microsoft's original inspiration for
Please note: v 2005
thru v2016 are nearly identical and operate similarly.
The Selection Form
BeamChek quickly calculates
hundreds of beam possibilities filtering out all but the most
appropriate sizes and presents them in an easy to compare table that
includes two grades in two species groups and glu-lams too. The
sizes listed are easy to read nominal sizes!
The Beam Report
The report lets you readily
determine if a beam is adequate without scrutinizing a jumble of
numbers. The percentages compare critical to actual attributes
of your selected member and the status of each is plainly listed as
OK or FAIL. You may change the width or depth with a mouse click and
have it recalculated instantly without leaving the form! The dead
load deflection can be reviewed for its impact on the beam's
appearance in the project and a camber height is recommended.
Custom glu-lam grades, glu-lam 'header' sizes, and LVL beams in common stock sizes from several manufacturers may also be analyzed with user entered values. Values may be saved to disk for repeated use.
Non-standard timbers may be sized in half- inch increments from 5x5 to 12x20 using the custom values form.
BeamChek will size 36 ksi and 50 ksi wide flange steel up to W 30 x 127, standard flange up to S 24 x 121, channels
and miscellaneous channels up to C 15 x 50 and A46 rectangular tube shapes to T 20 x 8 x 5/16. Analysis includes web yielding and crippling with minimum bearing area in lieu of web stiffeners.
Steel plates for use in Flitch beams may also be sized with wood used
solely for connection purposes and stability.
Solid and Built-Up Columns
Built-up and solid wood columns to 10 x 10, plus steel columns in round and square shapes complement our wide selection of tools for the residential designer.
We have recently added analysis for wind loading on studs.
The Data Record
Before you print or save your
calculation, view the beam data record for complete specifics of
loads, conditions and beam characteristics which may include
- Reactions, live load
reactions, and possible uplift.
- Maximum moment, shear, and
- Total beam weight and beam
weight per foot.
- Total load, live load, and
dead load deflections.
- Suggested camber for simple
- Minimum required bearing
area for both reactions.
- Base values, adjustment
factors, and the adjusted Fb, Fv, E, Fc values.
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