The pac takes full advantage of the power and flexibility
of the HP 48, covering four subject areas: general beam analysis, plane frame analysis,
concrete column analysis, and steel column and beam. The results of the computations are
presented in US customary units.
General Beam Analysis - This application will do an
elastic analysis of single span and multi-span beams. Calculations performed include
shear, end moment, rotation, and deflection. The results can be displayed, plotted, or
printed. Beam structures supported include simple beam, fixed end beam, propelled
cantilever and cantilever beam. Continuous beam solution is based on flexibility method
for indeterminate structures.
Plane Frame Analysis - This program can be used to
solve rigid frames, trusses, and indeterminate problems commonly encountered in everyday
practice. The program uses the stiffness method of analysis for most types of structural
planes and trusses. The program can handle small to moderate sized problems and is an
invaluable complement to large programs available on a PC. Joint loads and member loads
can be specified. Load types analyzed include linear or uniform loads, and concentrated
loads. Output includes joint displacements, member forces and reactions. Included is the
option for member end releases.
Concrete Column - This program computes the ultimate
capacity of a concrete section with a given axial load, compression, or tension. The
section may contain reinforcing bars, pre-stressing stands, or both. The analysis
technique used is based on the ultimate strength method. The program is a powerful
column/section program capable of analyzing any concrete section of arbitrary shape for
axial load with one or two-way bending. The section can include areas of different
concrete strengths or voids. Mild reinforcing or pre-stressed strands are included in this
computation method. Concrete beams, either regular or pre-stressed can be analyzed by
specifying P=0. The ultimate strength method of analysis uses the A.C.I. 318
specifications released in 1989.
Steel Solver - This section provides ready solutions
for the analysis of structural steel beams and columns of W, I, H, S, and M section
shapes. The section properties can be referenced from a built-in A.I.S.C. data-base. The
computations are carried out using either the Allowable Stress Design (ASD) or Load and
Resistance Factor Design (LRFD). The ASD method uses stress determined from service load
conditions, while the LRFD uses mode of failure (such as buckling or fracture at factored
service load conditions) to determine the adequacy of members selected for use in a
In addition, the manual supplied with the application has a
useful nomograph from The Design Manual of Steel Construction from the American
Institute of Steel Construction.
The algorithms used in this application were developed over
a long period of time by Mr. Charles Dinsmore, a professional engineer involved in the
design and development of the Structural Analysis Pac for the HP 41 calculator.