The Danish Technological Institute is offering, as the only Institute in Europe, an on-line calculation and design programme consistent with EC6.
EC6: The european way
EN 1996-1-1 or "Eurocode 6" (EC6) is together with other codes compulsory in Europe. This implies that all constructions in Europe are calculated and designed according to the same codes and the same statical models. For some countries this will be a major change and for other countries only a minor change. These harmonized codes will thus ensure the same level of quality and possibility for design across the borders.
Background & History
1996-1-1 (EC6) is compulsory in Europe. In Denmark the code has been compulsory since 2008 and the complicated rules and models in the code have increased the demand for an advanced tool to ease the static analyses. Consequently this program EC6design.com was developed in 2006 for the benefit of Danish Consulting Engineers.
The program was created on top of a former program initiated in 1993 referring to the Danish code of rules. Since the difference between the Danish code of practise and EC6 eventually was minor, the adjustment of the program consequently was minor.
The Danish Technological Institute has experienced a major interest for this program from European engineers, institutes and authorities. An English version has thus been developed in 2008 and placed on the domain: EC6design.com
During development of the English version improvement of user friendliness compared to earlier versions has been in focus. The program is furthermore prepared for other languages in case these facilities should be demanded. (E.g. a German and French version would be an obvious step).
Parameters from National Annexes (I.e. safety factors and parameters of strength are part of the input facilities and thus easily implemented in the calculations)
Approximately 200 (or 90 % of the) Danish consulting engineers, universities and institutions are using the program giving a good feedback for necessary improvements.
The subscription fee is 270 Euro per year (2016) and includes free support via e-mail or telephone.
This program (English version) can be used without charge for 3 months.
After this period an e-mail will be forwarded where you can reply positively for continued use of the program.
The price will then be 270 Euro each year per language per username.
The program consists of different modules:
- Calculation of loads
- Combined walls
- Horizontal loaded rectangular walls
- Horizontal loaded polygonal walls
- Vertical loaded wall (according to Ritter Method)
- Vertical loaded wall (according to EC6)
- Vertical loaded walls (storey high walls of AAC)
- Veneer walls
- Tie wires
- Stabilizing wall (in-plane loaded)
- Masonry beams
The national annex (NA) often contain safety factors and parameters of strength.
In the menu "Setup" the function "Create" (a system of safety factors) gives the user an option for implementing local (country specific) safety factors.
In the menu "Masonry" the compressive strength of masonry can be determined according to EN 1996-1-1. Flexural strength and other parameters typically given in the N.A should be used directly as input in the statically modules.