The CUPOLEX-PONTEX program, with an on-line guide, is the finite element calculation code for the numerical modelling of lattices and half-plane floors or reinforced concrete beams obtained by placing CUPOLEX and PONTEX together as required.
This program has graphical functions for entering geometrical data, material characteristics and contour conditions.Any perimeter beams (with a rectangular section, T or L beams) can be included in the analysis.
Having defined the elementary load conditions and the combinations, the stress parameters are calculated together with their envelopment if required. Predimensioning is the next phase. The CUPOLEX-PONTEX program provides the quantity of longitudinal reinforcements necessary to meet the resistance verifications according to either the permitted tensions or limit states method. To this end, the reference standard complied with are DM 96 and Eurocode 3.
Reinforcement layout, both lenghtways and sideways, calculated in automatic predimensioning, can be modified and adapted to suit the designer's requirements. The results are given in a very clear schematic graphical version.
The resulting layouts can be printed or exported to a metafile graphical format, becoming a good base to start drawing the executive tables.
To start working using the program please follow the examples above. We refer to forms inserted in the sub-directory "Examples" of the installation directory .
The system works by programs Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.0. It is required a card setting the video 800x600 or more and at least 256 colours (we recommend 65536).
Hardware requirements are the minimum requested for the normal use of the Windows applications. We did not notice problems in the use of the computer by PENTIUM 90 processors of the first version. Software applications are substantially improved by the use of PENTIUM processors of the second version (PENTIUM II, es. P350) and at least 64 Mb RAM. We recommend the use of a wheel-mouse (i.e. IntelliMouse).
The occupied room on a hard disk is small, about 13 MB. Further room on the disk might be requested for numerical models having big dimensions. The Cupolex-Pontex program is the finite element calculation code for the numerical modelling of lattices and half plane floors of reinforced concrete beams obtained by placing CUPOLEX and PONTEX elements together as required.
The CUPOLEX-PONTEX program together with its operating manual is distributed free of charge by PONTAROLO ENGINEERING SRL, Via Clauzetto – Z.I. Ponte Rosso – SAN VITO AL TAGLIAMENTO (PN) - ITALY, e-mail : email@example.com. Further information or eventual updated details on the software are available on our Internet website : http://www.pontarolo.com.
Provided that both DUEPIGRECO Consulting Engineers (Engg. Bonesso, Corazzin, Secchi) and PONTAROLO ENGINEERING S.r.l. strive to supply the most accurate material for the program use, they can not be kept for responsible for any damage deriving from eventual mistakes of the program. Consequently, DUEPIGRECO Consulting Engineers and PONTAROLO ENGINEERING S.R.L. will reject any responsibility deriving from damage to persons or properties, losses, legal costs and any other charge or expense. The program works by Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT.
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