Options - Material Tab

This window is displayed by selecting Options from the Tools menu. If you change the default material or any of its parameters, these changes will be applied as defaults for any newly created sections. This does not affect any existing sections.

Material TypeThe designation for the default material type. When you select a different material, the yield strength and tensile strength inputs are updated to the defaults for that material. For carbon steels, these may then be changed if necessary. You may view detailed information about the material and customize it for use on any existing section by pressing the button next to the material type. (see Custom Carbon Steel or Custom Stainless Steel)
Apply cold work of forming strength increase Indicates whether to calculate and apply the strength increase from cold work of forming. If the inleastic reserve option is also checked, the strength increase from cold work of forming is not permiited, but CFS will calculate and report the higher strength of the two options.
Apply inelastic reserve strength increase Indicates whether to calculate and apply the inelastic reserve strength. If the cold work of forming option is also checked, the inelastic reserve strength is not permiited, but CFS will calculate and report the higher strength of the two options.
Yield StrengthThe section material yield strength used for design calculations. For stainless steel materials, this represents the longitudinal compression yield strength and is not editable.
Tensile StrengthThe section material longitudinal ultimate tensile strength. For stainless steel materials, this is not editable.