The Steel Tube Institute (STI) and SCIA have teamed up to provide a HSS tool pack to make it easier for engineers to design with Hollow Structural Sections.
The SCIA Design Forms HSS Tools Pack, is a powerful suite of standalone checks that make it easy for engineers to design:
HSS Column Shear Tab Connection
HSS Column Moment Connections
Continuous Beam with Cap Plate
HSS Simply Supported Beam--Straight/Curved
HSS Column, including Filled Composite Column
HSS Column Base Plate
The SCIA Design Forms HSS Tool Pack is simple to use and the output is professional, easy-to-read and completely verifiable. The checks covers all required limit states of Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 360-10). The output is completely transparent. You can see and validate the mathematics used in calculating the check. The output can be shown as a brief summary of the results or detailed, to include all the formulas that were used to derive the check.
Best of all the SCIA Design Forms HSS Tool Pack can be linked to SCIA Engineer's FEA workflow. When linked, input values (e.g., loads, internal forces, etc.) can be pulled directly from SCIA Engineer's 3D FEA analysis model. Results from the calculation are displayed graphically on the 3D model, and the detailed calculation output is automatically integrated into project’s larger engineering report.