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CADS Masonry Wall Panel Designer MAX

A mid-size building might involve numerous panel types with a set of calculation results required for each.

This software is intended to be used to investigate and design many panel variations, quickly and efficiently by performing calculations that are tedious and error prone when done by hand or with less sophisticated solutions. This software is quick to install and easy to use, usually with little or no need for training. The input data and results are displayed on-screen and permit the design to be optimised quickly and efficiently. The printed output is neat and concise with each wall requiring just a few pages.

"CADS Masonry Panel Design software has increased our productivity and is very intuitive and easy to use, especially when design changes are requested."

James Roberts, Principal Engineer, Peter Brett

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Summary

  • BS and Eurocode 6 (EC6)
  • Free, fixed or partial edge fixities
  • Includes all common panel types, supported on 1, 2, 3 or 4 sides
  • Panel types are not restricted to those in the tables of BS 5628
  • Proportional panel edge fixities between 0 and 100%
  • Cracked/uncracked section analysis
  • Plain, piered, fin & diaphragm options
  • Comprehensive library of bed joint reinforcement products
  • Materials libraries - proprietary masonry unit products, damp proof course (DPC) materials, bed joint reinforcement and wall ties
  • Concise printout for Building Regulations approval
  • Up to nine internal window and door openings
  • Adjacent panel openings allowance
  • Multiple vertical and lateral load combinations
  • Support for cavity wall ties
  • Earth, water pressure line loads

Description

Basic Features

Input Wizard
The Wizard guides the user to consider and enter design data in a friendly logical sequence. Modifications can be made out of sequence to optimise the design and respond easily to changes. All Common Wall Types Supported Choose single skin or cavity walls and define
whether plain, piered, fin or a diaphragm wall construction is required.

Panel Support Conditions
Choose from the seven most common options for supported edges.

Free, Fixed or Partial Edge Fixities
Specify proportional edge fixities between 0 and 100%.

DPC
Include the effects of DPCs by selecting the appropriate properties from a library.

Bed Joint Reinforcement
Investigate the trade off between panel thickness and the use of bed joint reinforcement using a quick, simple to use library of bed joint
reinforcement products. The selection of a product will automatically enter the relevant properties for strength etc. Includes: BRC, Ancon, Hemax, Murfor, Spiro products, plain/deformed bars and a user definable option.

Wall Openings
Allow for a single internal rectangular opening and openings on free and supported edges.

Cracked/Uncracked Section Analysis
Achieve optimum results through use of ‘cracked’ or ‘uncracked’ section analysis.

Wind Load Cases and Lateral Load Capacity
Check for two lateral wind load cases with a common in-plane vertical axial load. Calculates lateral load capacity based on panel bending and shear at the supports.

Limiting Dimensions and Areas
Check maximum panel dimensions and areas to BS 5628-1:2005 clause 32.3 and BS 5628-2:2005 Annex A 2.3.

Concise and Informative Printout
Produce detailed and summary calculation results that are ideal for preparing submissions for Building Regulations. Features include a comprehensive 1 page printout that contains everything you need, or a raw text (.txt) file. The CADS Word Macro automatically creates a report in Microsoft Word which can be integrated into your own calcs.

Advanced Features

New Panel Support Types
Includes panels supported on two adjacent sides and a range of ‘design sub-panels’ to support BS 5628-1:2005 Annex E.

Multiple Window and Door Openings
Instead of just one opening, include multiple rectangular openings at any position in plain walls - drawing them to scale in the main view.

Adjacent Panel Openings
Include effects of openings in adjacent panels on edge fixity of the current panel.

Vertical Loads and Capacity
Take advantage of the ability to input uniform axial and eccentric vertical dead, imposed and wind loads. A check on the vertical load capacity taking into account the effect of any co-existent lateral loads is included. Allowance is made for the increased vertical load intensity on lengths of wall between internal openings.

Other Lateral Loads
Incorporate additional lateral loads other than wind. e.g.: trapezoidal loads due to retained earth and water and line loads on free edges representing crowd loading, vehicle impacts etc.

Multiple Load Combinations
Include several combinations of vertical and lateral loads in one calculation run, rather than just two load cases e.g. wind near and wind
far. The software automatically generates load combinationsin accordance with BS 5628-1 which can be selected or discarded.

Bed Joint Reinforcement Enhancement Limit
The software can automatically limit the enhancement of lateral load capacity due to bed joint reinforcement in accordance with BS 5628-2:2005 Annex A5.

Wall Ties
Select wall ties from the built-in library and specify their spacing for edge supports, pier/web to wall connections as well as cavity ties. Automatic checking of selection against the relevant shear reactions and load transfer across the cavity.

Limiting Dimension/Area Check
Avoid illogical failure reports for long two way panels by (optionally) considering them as one way spanning.

Deflection Check
Utilise optional lateral load deflection calculations.

Built-in Product Libraries
Utilise the improved built-in library for proprietary masonry unit products, damp proof course (DPC) materials, bed joint reinforcement and wall ties.

BS / EC Option
The software has options to work in either a British Standard or Eurocode environment. The Eurocode 6 (EC6) option allows UK National
Annex variables to be adopted or user defined values to suit other national variations.

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