ShapeBuilder is the most popular section property calculator available. Customers tell us it offers "fast results" and is "very easy to use". This tool goes beyond civil/structural applications to include mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing, and construction industries.
Create a library of shapes. Use these shapes as member elements in your VisualAnalysis projects. Even get design checks for certain profiles.
Includes built-in libraries of shapes from AISC, CISC, AISI, NDS, ADM, EuroSteel, Australian Steel, Rebar. Includes Historic AISC shapes, too.
Calculate torsion and warping constants for open or closed sections. View the warping function graphically.
Create a concise one-page report with graphics to show all the calculated properties. Include dimensions or stress results.
The following section properties are calculated by ShapeBuilder. Please see the User's Guide for complete details and training videos.
|Geometric & Structural Properties|
|Height, Width, Perimeter|
|Area, Net Area|
|Center of Gravity, Xc, Yc|
|Moments of Inertia, Iy, Ix|
|Product of Inertia, Ixy|
|Section Modulus, Sx+, Sx-, Sy+, Sy-|
|Radius of Gyration, ry, rx|
|Plastic, Polar, Principal Properties|
|Plastic Neutral Axis, PNAY, PNAX|
|Plastic Modulus, Zy, Zx|
|Polar Moment of Inertia, Ip|
|Polar Radius of Gyration, rp|
|Principal Axes Angle, α|
|Principal Moments of Inertia, I1, I2|
|Shear & Torsion Properties|
|Torsion Constant, J|
|Shear Center, Xsc, Ysc|
|AISC Flexural Constant, H|
|Polar Radius of Gyration about Shear Center, ro|
|Monosymmetry Factor, β1|
|Warping Constant, Cw|
|Modulus of Elasticity, E (for each part)
|Modular Ratio, n = E/Ebase, for composite shapes|
|First Moment of Area, Qx & Qy|
|Body-Force Loads You Can Apply|
|Axial Force, P|
|Bending Moments, Ma, Mb|
|Shear Force, Vx, Vy|
|Normal Stress, σz (combined axial and bending)|
|Flexural Shear Stress, τxz, τyz|
|St. Venant Shear Stress, τxz, τyz|
|Combined Shear Stress, τxz, τyz|
|Resultant Shear Stress, τ|
The possibilities are endless. Over the years, IES customers have handled all kinds of jobs:
Try both VisualAnalysis and ShapeBuilder together, right now to analyze frames with custom member shapes. The free trials are completely functional. Trials come with training videos and email support.
The IES Building Suite includes four of our most popular tools at a discount. Available in the Quick Order form, this bundle is an excellent value. ShapeBuilder helps you accomplish more in VisualAnalysis.