Materials dialog box

Tekla Structural Designer
2024
Tekla Structural Designer

Materials dialog box

The Materials dialog box allows you to view material database properties and manage material databases. The databases contain an extensive range of sections, materials, reinforcement, decking and connectors for each regional code and country.

Note: Although the Materials dialog can be used to view the properties for any of the regional codes, only the properties for the currently selected regional code in Model Settings can be applied to the model.

To display the dialog box:

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Click Materials.

The dialog box content is described below.

Sections settings

The Sections page of the Materials dialog box allows you to view the available steel, cold formed, cold rolled, and timber sections for each regional code. You can also add new user-defined sections.

Field or button Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the material database to a newer version.

Unit System

Allows you to select which units are used for sections.

Region

Allows you to select the regional code whose material database properties you want to view.

Material

Allows you to select the material whose sections you want to view.

Manage Sections

Allows you to add, modify, and delete user-defined sections.

Manage Section Orders

Allows you to adjust section orders according to your needs.

Connection Resistance

Allows you to add connection resistance information for a section.

Steel Joists

Allows you to add steel joist information for a section.

Plate Dimensions

Allows you to adjust plate widths and thicknesses.

Material settings

The Material page of the Materials dialog box allows you to view properties of each grade of each material for each regional code. You can also add new user-defined sections.

Button or field Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the material database to a newer version.

Region

Allows you to select the regional code whose material database properties you want to view.

Material Type

Allows you to select the material type whose material database properties you want to view.

Add...

If necessary, allows you to add user-defined material grades to the Available Grades list.

View...

Allows you to view the properties of pre-defined material grades.

Delete

Allows you to permanently delete user-defined material grades.

>> Default

Allows you to make the currently highlighted material grade a default material grade, so that it appears in the Default Grade field.

Reinforcement settings

The Reinforcement page of the Materials dialog box allows you to view the properties of reinforcement classes and bar sizes.

Button or field Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the material database to a newer version.

Region

Allows you to select the regional code whose material database properties you want to view.

Country

Allows you to select the country whose material database properties you want to view.

Type

Allows you to select the type whose material database properties you want to view.

Rib Type

Allows you to select the rib type whose material database properties you want to view.

Add...

If necessary, allows you to add user-defined reinforcement classes or bar sizes to the appropriate list.

View...

Allows you to view the properties of pre-defined reinforcement classes or bar sizes.

Delete

Allows you to permanently delete user-defined reinforcement classes or bar sizes.

>> Default

Allows you to make the currently highlighted reinforcement class a default class, so that it appears in the Default Class field.

Decking settings

The Decking page of the Materials dialog box contains different sub pages: Metal Decking and Precast Concrete Decking. The Metal Decking page allows you to view the properties of different profiles and gauges, and the Precast Concrete Decking page allows you to view the properties of different precast concrete planks and depths. The sub pages contain the same commands.

Button or field Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the material database to a newer version.

Country

Allows you to select the country whose material database properties you want to view.

Add...

If necessary, allows you to add user-defined profiles, gauges, planks, or depths to the appropriate list.

View...

Allows you to view the properties of pre-defined profiles, gauges, planks, or depths.

Delete

Allows you to permanently delete user-defined profiles, gauges, planks, or depths.

>> Default

Allows you to make the currently highlighted profile, gauge, plank, or depth a default option, so that it appears in the appropriate Default field.

Shear Connectors settings

The Shear Connectors page of the Materials dialog box allows you to view the properties of different connectors.

Button or field Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the material database to a newer version.

Region

Allows you to select the regional code whose material database properties you want to view.

Country

Allows you to select the country whose material database properties you want to view.

Add...

If necessary, allows you to add user-defined sources or connectors to the appropriate list.

View...

Allows you to view the properties of pre-defined sources or connectors.

Delete

Allows you to permanently delete user-defined sources or connectors.

>> Def. Metal

Allows you to make the currently highlighted option the default option for metal, so that it appears in the Default for Metal field.

>> Def. Concrete

Allows you to make the currently highlighted option the default option for concrete, so that it appears in the Default for Concrete field.

Bolts (Rods in US) settings

The Bolts/Rods page of the Materials dialog box allows you to view the properties of bolt/rod classes and sizes.

Button or field Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the bolts/rods database to a newer version.
Unit System Allows you to select which units are used for bolts/rods.

Region

Allows you to select the regional code whose material database properties you want to view.

Add...

If necessary, allows you to add user-defined bolts/rods.
Copy... Allows you to copy an existing bolt/rod.

View...

Allows you to view the properties of the selected bolt/rod.

Delete

Allows you to permanently delete user-defined bolts/rods.

>> Default

Allows you to make the currently highlighted bolt a default, so that it appears in the Default Bolt/Rod field.

Welds settings

The Welds page of the Materials dialog box allows you to view the properties of welds leg lengths and electrodes.
Note: Electrodes are US only
Button or field Description

Upgrade

If the button is visible, you can click it to upgrade the welds database to a newer version.
Unit System Allows you to select which units are used for welds.

Region

Allows you to select the regional code whose material database properties you want to view.

Leg Lengths

Allows you to view the Leg Lengths currently in the welds database.

Defaults...

Allows you to set and view the default weld leg lengths

Reset

Allows you to reset the default weld leg lengths and delete all user defined welds.
Add If necessary, allows you to add user-defined leg lengths to the database.
Electrodes
Electrodes Allows you to view the list of electrodes in the welds database.
Add If necessary, allows you to add user-defined electrodes to the database.
View Allows you to view the properties of pre-defined electrodes.

Delete

Allows you to permanently delete user-defined electrodes.

>> Default

Allows you to make the currently highlighted option the default electrode, so that it appears in the Default Electrode field.

Model settings

The Model page of the Materials dialog box allows you to both update the material databases with new properties from the model and update material properties in the model with new values from the material databases.

Button, field, or column Description

In Database

Uses ? to display if there are inconsistencies between the material data in the model and the material databases.

Add to Database

Allows you to update the material databases with values from the model.

Update from Database

Allows you to update the material properties in the model with values from the material databases.

Show only objects not saved in the database

Hides the model properties that are consistent with the material databases.
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