Section optimization CHS


This script tries to find an optimal section for an already existing and loaded structure. This version focuses only on CHS sections. The list of available section sizes are read from an Excel spreadsheet, which can be modified.

- List all members that currently have CHS sections. These will be optimized
- Load all available CHS sections into the model based on the Excel spreadsheet
- Run an initial analysis with existing sections
- Based on static results set an initial section size for each member
- Start design iteration:
 - Run analysis and design calculation
 - Check if utilization is below the maximum limit with the smallest possible section size for all members
 - Change sections accordingly
 - Repeat until exit criteria is met for all members, or section sizes can no longer be increased or decreased based on the available selection
- End script run

Attachment files are saved to the following storage location: C:\Users\[Current User]\Documents\ConSteel\MyDescripts

Current version: 1.0 (release date: 2022.03.21.)

Known limitations:
- Only works with S235 steel grade

To DOWNLOAD this script, navigate to the MyDescript interface within Consteel, then click the "Edit" button next to the name of the script in the list. From there, the script can be saved to the computer. The availability of the "Edit" button depends on your membership level.
More info about the MyDescript interface and our membership system is available at these links:

The author

Márton Lendvai

Responsible for planning and testing of software features and engineering-related tasks.