Data Sections

Data sections establish one place to put basic data which is applicable throughout the report. Everyone consistently uses the same values in doing the design.

The data sections should include:

  1. Material Data Table. Displays property and allowable values and their source. Below the table, provide sample calculations for allowable values. Note: Allowables for metals, plastics, wood and concrete follow different treatments, hence require different sample calculations. Assumptions should also be noted here and listed in Section 3. (Assumptions)
  2. Loads Data. Present general live loads the structure must bear. If applicable, calculate dynamic load factors. Dead loads do not appear here, but may be included during design. Use sketches as necessary to illustrate general, critical loading scenarios.
  3. Other data. Anthropometric data, codes, i.e., snow loads. Standards, i.e., trailer hitch tongue and draw loads.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0633602. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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