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Best modeling software?

So I have a few books and have read up on this, but information seems spotty. Probably because there is no solid answer. But I'm looking to do load calculations for timber frame structures. Just want to be a little more confident with a design instead of just thinking "yeah, that should be able to hold up a floor..."

How do you guys know if that species, size, angle and joint will support the load you need it to?
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As far as design goes I mostly crib from normal platform framing header tables.

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There are some online load calculators but you'll need some information to use them. You'll need to know the type of wood you intend to use, as well as the grade. For example eastern white pine grade #2.
Then you're going to need to do some math in advance to figure the load on the beam. If it is a floor joist you'll need to figure the area it's holding up and then multiply that by the pounds per sqft of the intended load. For example if it is just a sleeping loft in a cabin you can use 20 lbs per sqft. If it is a standard second floor in a house you'd use 40 lbs per sqft. Now these are "Live loads" you're going to have to add the dead-load of the flooring materials to get a combined load per sqft.

Now that you know the load on the beam you can go to the online calculator and enter the values and see if the size beam you want to use will support it.

Here is a list of some that I have used.

http://www.forestryforum.com/members/donp/beamindex.htm

Good luck and read this story about how I used them:
http://www.forestryforum.com/board/i...c,50714.0.html

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