Evaluation of cold-formed steel members in the Microsoft Windows environment

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Virginia Tech

A user-friendly program for the design of cold-formed steel members has been developed. The Cold-Formed Steel Design program has the capacity to evaluate a variety of cold-formed steel shapes according to the American Iron and Steel Institute Load and Resistance Factor Design Specification of March 16, 1991. The program can calculate the member capacity in terms of nominal moment, deflection, shear, web crippling strength, and compression. It also has a user-friendly interface to accept input from the user, and also show the output. The program also features a graphical display for various elements of a member section.

The program is written in the Visual Basic programming language which runs in the Microsoft Windows graphical environment. Visual Basic is an object-oriented programming language and is ideal for developing small or medium-sized programs in the Windows environment.