STAAD Pro is a powerful software for structural analysis and design of various types of structures. One of the features of STAAD Pro is the ability to perform beam design according to different codes and standards. In this article, we will explain how to use STAAD Pro Track 2 option for beam design and what are the benefits of this option.
Track 2 is an output option that allows the user to perform full design and detailing operations and to get detailed information about the cross section, longitudinal bars, transverse bars, and design messages at each section along the beam. This option is useful for checking the design results and verifying the compliance with the code requirements.
How to Use Track 2 Option
To use Track 2 option, the user needs to specify the following parameters in the input file:
CODE - The code or standard to be used for beam design. For example, CODE EN 1993 for Eurocode 3.
TRACK 2 - The output option that indicates full design and detailing with detailed information at each section.
LOAD LIST - The list of load cases or load combinations to be considered for beam design. For example, LOAD LIST 1 2 3.
PARAMETER - The list of parameters that control the design criteria and assumptions. For example, PARAMETER FYLD 355 ALL UNBRAKED ALL DFF 300 ALL.
CHECK CODE - The command that initiates the beam design process.
An example of input file using Track 2 option is shown below:
START JOB INFORMATION
ENGINEER DATE 09-May-23
END JOB INFORMATION
INPUT WIDTH 79
UNIT METER KN
1 0 0; 2 5 0; 3 10 0;
1 1 2; 2 2 3;
DEFINE MATERIAL START
END DEFINE MATERIAL
MEMBER PROPERTY AMERICAN
1 TO 2 TABLE ST W410X60
MATERIAL STEEL ALL
1 FIXED BUT FX MZ
LOADING DATA FOR BEAM DESIGN USING TRACK 2 OPTION
LOAD CASES FOR BEAM DESIGN USING TRACK 2 OPTION
LOAD CASE TITLE SELFWEIGHT Y -1 DL + LL + WL
LOAD CASE TITLE DEAD LOAD (DL)
1 TO 2 UNI GY -20
LOAD CASE TITLE LIVE LOAD (LL)
1 TO 2 UNI GY -10
LOAD CASE TITLE WIND LOAD (WL)
1 TO 2 UNI GX -5
PERFORM ANALYSIS PRINT STATICS CHECK PRINT SUPPORT REACTIONS PRINT MEMBER FORCES LIST ALL LIST ALL LIST ALL CODE EN1993 TRACK 2 LOAD LIST ALL PARAMETER FYLD ALL UNBRAKED ALL DFF ALL CHECK CODE ALL FINISH
What are the Benefits of Track 2 Option
Using Track 2 option has several benefits for beam design, such as:
It provides detailed information about the cross section dimensions, area of steel required, bar layout, bar size, bar spacing, bar length, anchorage requirement, shear zones, and design messages at each section along the beam.
It allows the user to check the design results and verify the compliance with the code requirements at each section along the beam.
It helps the user to identify any potential issues or errors in the input data or in the design process.
It facilitates the preparation of detailed drawings and documentation for beam design.
In conclusion, Track 2 option is a useful feature of STAAD Pro that enables the user to perform full design and detailing operations and to get detailed information about the beam design at 06063cd7f5