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Oasys has released a new version of their Compos composite floor design software. The new version allows designers to “excite” a floor for vibration checks and also “dampen” the excitement using the Resotec damping system from Richard Lees Steel Decking.

Compos is said to be the only software that can analyse the effects of using the Resotec Damping System. Resotec sits between the steel beam and metal decking to dampen movement between them. The system is the result of long term research into floor vibration, combined with intensive, high level development work by Richard Lees Steel Decking in partnership with consulting engineer Arup.

Other Compos benefits include being able to calculate the response factor of footfall induced vibration checks. Tapering plate girders is another benefit, and variable slab widths and thicknesses can be allowed for. Standard features of Compos include analysis and design of composite steel beams, including automatic beam and stud selection. Web penetrations and notches, whether with or without stiffeners are also easily dealt with.

The software allows analysis and design to BS5950 ultimate and serviceability limit states such as vibration frequency, deflection, beam weight and depth. Beams can be linked together so that secondary beams load primaries.

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