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Samba (Shape And Material Brisk Archive) is a software program very useful for structural designer, particularly of steel structures. It is used to study and design new cross-sections quite freely, and to choose the cross-sections sizes which are the best for a given structural layout. It has more than 14,000 cross-sections ready to use.

Using SAMBA you can manage thousands cross-sections with a unique, powerful tool. SAMBA lets you choose the right cross-section for your steel structural elements among thousands other, thanks to its clever data filtering. SAMBA embeds buckling curves to AISC-ASD, and Eurocode 3, and so to choose the right cross-section size for a column, for instance, will be easy. SAMBA lets you study the best shape for new cross-sections optimizing the properties you are interested to. You can create sub-archives and merge more archives into one, you can import into SAMBA hundreds cross-sections at a time, reading a file in your preferred units of measurement.

Context sensitive help, hyper textual on line guide, makes SAMBA easy to use, while Print and Print-preview capabilities, and the command used to cut and paste images of your preferred cross-sections directly from within SAMBA to other applications via clipboard, make SAMBA a must-have tool for who designs steel structures. Besides the most common rolled and welded cross-sections, SAMBA lets you study the reunion of n arbitrary cross-sections, rotating and translating each cross-section until you get optimal design (composed cross-sections, built-up cross-sections, cold formed cross-sections, mixed materials cross-sections).

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The choice of the cross-section is made thanks to several possible filters, including those based on design criteria. Once a simple structural layout has been chosen, design criteria are set, which the cross-section searched for must satisfy. It is then the program to search for the cross-sections that satisfy the chosen criteria (limitation of the flexural displacement, of the normal stress due to bending, flexural buckling check according to 3 standards, et cetera)
The User can browse, thanks to search-filters -including those based on design criteria-, the more than 14,000 cross-sections archive that is furnished with SAMBA. Besides, new cross-sections may be added of any possible kind. Among the cross-sections that may be added, besides rolled cross-sections and welded cross-sections, there are built up (composed) cross-sections user-defined, cold-formed cross-sections,  mixed material cross-sections and cross-sections defined as vector of polygons. The cross-sections may be added in an interactive way, or may be read from a file, in the units of mesurement preferred, even hundreds at a time. SAMBA is fully integrated with SARGON, as it is actually one of its components, and may also be used to widen the CSE cross-section archive (the same of SAMBA, more than 14,000 initial cross-sections).
The addition of all cross-sections is made upgrading in real time the section moduli and the second area moments, allowing a fast convergence to the desired values. The composed cross-sections, are got by translating and rotating the single composing cross-sections, until the desired final cross-section is got. While the single cross-sections move, the overall cross-section data, including principal axes position, the overall cross-section center, etc. are continuously upgraded. SAMBA computes plastic moduli thanks to a non linear algorithm. With this tool you can design cross-sections in a truly effective way.
Print preview in action: each new cross-section, old or new, may be printed to a useful cross-section card, including all the cross-section data in the preferred units of measurement.


Producer and Distributor
Castalia s.r.l.
Operating systems
Windows 2000, Windows XP , Windows Vista, 7 or higher (32 or 64 bits)
Hardware requirements
Those of the operating system, mimimum RAM 16Mb
Output interfaces
Program versions
Italian and English
Software features
CHM Help, PDF guide, context sensitive help, tool tip, MDI (Multiple Document Interface) architecture, image to clipboard.
Technical features (exerpt)
Units of measurement setting at any time. More than 14,000 starting cross-sections archive. Rolled I and H, channels cross-sections, equal and unequal angles, composed cross-sections ready to use (2 angles cross, 4 angle cross, 2 angle T, ][, []), SHS, RHS CHS, rounds, plates, rectangular cross-sections, cold-formed cross-sections, W, UB, UC, Indian, Japanese, , C lipped and un-lipped, Z, L, I and H welded cross-sections, T welded and cut-by-rolled cross-sections, welded C, L, generic cold-formed cross-sections (set of straight-sides, circular-sides, also with holes), generic composed cross-sections got by assembling n cross-sections (simple or composed, also cold-formed), mixed cross-sections with arbitrary elastic materials, cross-sections made by a vector of closed-polygons (empty of full). The archives can be sub-divided or merged. Cross-section card printing for each cross-section. Printing of cross-sections archives in the preferred unit of measurement. Creation of a dxf file for each chosen cross-section (new or existing). Clever database access: filters on type, on weight intervals, W, I, inertia radii, etc., design-based filters, buckling curves to AISC-ASD, Eurocode 3. Upgradeable material archive (wood, aluminum, glass, ecc.).