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The Create Section Table command creates a new cross-section table, either from existing section tables or generated from an ASCII file. For more information on creating an ASCII file for generating a section table, see ASCII File Conversion.

You can filter which sections are read from the existing section table or ASCII file into the new section table by using selection criteria.

File - Select File to display the File menu commands: New Table Name, Default Cell File, and Existing Table.

  • New Table Name displays the New Table Name dialog box which is used to change the name of the New Table Name field.

  • Default Cell File displays the Default Cell File dialog box which is used to change the name of, or select a new cell file.

  • Existing Table displays the Existing Table dialog box which is used to select an existing table from which to read sections into the new table.

New Table Name - Displays the new section table name. You can change the section table name using the File > New Table Name command on the dialog box.

Default Cell File - Displays the default cell file when the section table is opened. You can change this field using the File > Default Cell File command on the dialog box.

New Table Units - Specifies the units for the new table. If you are reading sections in from an existing table, be sure to set the units to the same units as the existing table.

Create From - Select whether to read sections in from an existing section table or from an ASCII file. To specify the table to copy from, use the File > Existing Table command on the dialog box.

Availability Flag - Select to copy only sections that are set to Available (1). For sections being read from existing tables, the Availability Flag parameter is set using the Edit option on the Review/Edit dialog box.

Geometric Shape - Select to filter specific section shapes from the existing table or ASCII file into the new table. If you do not select this option, all section shapes from the existing table or ASCII file are written to the new table.

If you do not want any sections from the existing table or ASCII file, select the Geometric Shape option but do not select any of the available shapes.

Section Name Filter - Specifies a pattern for section names to match. For example, type W36X* to include all W36X sections in the new table. You can use the following wildcards when specifying a section name filter.

* - Match to any characters.

? - Match any single character.

# - Match any single numeric character

[ ] - Match any characters in brackets.

[^] - Do not match any characters following the symbol in brackets.

Property Filters - You can filter sections from the existing table (or ASCII file) based on section property values. Only sections with property values between the minimum and maximum values are copied.

If no selection criteria is set, then all sections are copied from the existing table or ASCII file to the new table.

  • Section Depth --- Type minimum and maximum section depth (d) values.

  • Section Width --- Type minimum and maximum section flange width (bf) values.

  • Moment of Inertia - Ixx --- Type minimum and maximum moment of inertia about the X-X axis (Ix) values.

  • Moment of Inertia - Iyy --- Type minimum and maximum moment of inertia about the Y-Y axis (Iy) values.