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When and how to perform a second order calculation according EN 1993-1-1?

The criterion for executing a second order calculation is found in article 5.2.1(3) of EN1993-1-1. According to formula 5.1 in this article, the second order calculation should be executed when the factor alpha critical is smaller than a prescribed value. The alpha critical factor is the ratio between the design forces and the critical buckling load and can be determined in SCIA Engineer.

To obtain alpha critical in SCIA Engineer a stability calculation needs to be run. To do this, activate the stability functionality and define stability combinations in the project. A stability combination should be created for every ULS sub-combination, similar to the definition of non-linear combinations. If this leads to a too large number of combinations, we advise to filter on the combinations that generate the biggest compression forces in the structure. For a stability calculation it is also necessary to increase the number of elements on 1D members. Choose for 1 buckling mode in the solver settings and run the stability calculation.

In the results menu you will now find the ‘critical load coefficients’ menu, which will give you an overview of the calculated alpha critical values. The lowest of these values needs to be checked in formula 5.1 of EN1993-1-1.

Information on how to perform a second order analysis in SCIA can be found in our Steel code check manual.