User Interface Overview
Upon opening a .Masonry14 file, the default assemblage is a beam. Figure 2‑1: Overview of tabs‑ provides some of the more important tools and features available in MASS™ for a beam assemblage. The majority of these features are also common to the wall and shear wall modules.
Table 2‑1: Overview of toolbar provides a list and brief description of the buttons available in the main MASS™ toolbar.
Table 2‑1: Overview of toolbar
Figure 2‑1: Overview of tabs‑ provides a brief overview of some of the main features of the program.
Overview of tabs
Materials: Contains the Materials tab, which allows users to enter in all the properties of the assemblage.
Loads: Allows users to applied loads and moments to the assemblage.
Beam, Loads, Reactions, Moment, Shear,Deflection:llows users to view the assemblage, the loads applied, the reactions, as well as the moment, shear, and deflectionClosedDeviation of an assemblage with respect to its centroid. MASS™ uses deflection limits to carry out the deflection design of beams and walls. The limit for beam deflection is L/480 (CSA S304.1-04: 11.4.5), or a maximum total deflection input by users; the limit for out-of-plane wall deflection varies from span/180 to span/360 (CSA S304.1-04: 10.14.3), or a maximum total deflection input by users. The program includes the effects of slenderness (deflection due to deflection) for deflection calculations of out-of-plane walls. diagram.
Simplified Results:Provides a summary of the design results at each design step.
Detailed Results: Provides detailed intermediate design calculations.
Load Analysis Results: Provides the internal forces along the assemblage in the form of data tables.
Status bar: Updates users on the progress of the design.
Beam 1: Tab that allows for the design of a beam.
Wall 1: Tab that allows for the design of an out-of-plane wall.
Shear wall 1: Tab that allows for the design of a shear wall.
Windows and Margins
The three main windows in the program are: the input window, the drawing window, and the results window, as shown in Figure 2‑2: Input Window, Drawings Window, and Results Window‑.
Depending on the assemblages, the location of these windows may be rearranged. All window margins within the program are adjustable.
To adjust a window size:
- Place the mouse cursor over the margin to be adjusted. The mouse pointer changes from to (vertical resize) or (horizontal resize).
- Click and drag the margin to the desired location.
The outer most edges of the windows are also adjustable; however, these resize the entire program window.
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