Design of composite floors in SCIA Engineer 18

Monday, 2 July, 2018

Do you design composite floors in your structures for their fast construction speed, high performance and cost savings? 

SCIA Engineer - Composite floors With SCIA Engineer 18, you can now efficiently model, analyse and design composite beam floor systems according to EN 1994-1-1. The new smart and robust solution offers a host of functionality, including:

  • Enhanced Autodesign feature for composite beams including shear studs and camber
  • Web opening checks in line with the latest SCI guidance
  • Incorporated construction, fire and final stage design

Design composite floors with an efficient 3D design tool that is not only compliant to EN 1994-1-1 but also scalable for advanced numerical simulations (2nd order analysis, eigenvalue stability and modal analysis, etc). The analysis and design framework accommodates (besides the isostatic beam case) cantilever and continuous beams.

The composite module is simple, yet flexible: irregular geometries, special loading scenarios and preferences in design approach are easily taken into account. The solutions offered for the floors are economical, yet safe, as these fulfil all design code requirements in both construction and final stages, ultimate and serviceability limit states and detailing conditions.

SCIA Engineer - Composite floorsYou can summarise the design outcome on a plan view by using labels; each beam can have a label (e.g., UB356/127/33 [28] c=15 mm) which contains the most relevant information for third parties (draughtsmen, contractors, collaborators). The same information can also be exported via the Revit link.
The new design and analysis enhancements complement previously released features, such as: 

  • a stages analysis model that simulates the structural response in construction and final stages and includes creep deformation and partial shear connection between the steel beams and composite slab;
  • rigid, semi-rigid and flexible floor diaphragms;
  • tributary area logic for the distribution of gravity loads;
  • automatic handling of fresh concrete weight during the construction stage;
  • fire resistance checks for composite beams in both construction and final stage. 

All these capabilities make composite design in SCIA Engineer a powerful tool for building designers.


Accounting for web openings

The EC4 composite module supports design for beams with a single web opening. The impact of the opening is taken into account in all checks in construction and final stages as well as in the beam AutoDesign. Web openings can be rectangular or circular, with any size and at any location along the beam. 

The design is performed based on the SCI P355 “Design of composite beams with large web openings” publication and is benchmarked to the examples provided there. 

It is planned to extend the support for web openings in the following version of: the plan is to soon support multiple and closely-spaced openings and reinforced openings.

SCIA Engineer - Composite floors