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January 2003

MACSTARS 2000 - Rel. 2.0 – January 2003
Implementations and amendments

This is the latest version of Macstars 2000 following to the implementations we made in January 2003,
relevant to:
1 - POSSIBILITY TO MODIFY THE REINFORCEMENT PARAMETERS
2 - POSSIBILITY TO PLACE A TIEBACK AT ANY POSITION
3 - POSSIBILITY TO INPUT A BACKING OF THE SECONDARY REINFORCEMENT
4 - POSSIBILITY TO RUN THE INTERNAL CHECKS WITH THE AASHTO EXCEL SPREADSHEET
5 - ADDING OF INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE FOUNDATION PRESSURES
6 - MODIFICATION OF THE INTERACTION COEFFICIENT IN THE DB: USE OF µ
7 - VIEW OF THE CRITICAL SURFACES

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etc.RNF extension. it is necessary to close Macstars and run it again.0 allows the user to customise the reinforcement database. Once the customised database is loaded. This option is only available to the Macstars users with hardlock!!! 2 . Macstars 2. In order to re-load the original reinforcement database. The reinforcement menu is only available when no Macstars documents (.) and to save the modification under a new file having . the file will be used for all the . tensile strength. The commands allow the user to modify the reinforcement properties (partial and pullout factors.POSSIBILITY TO MODIFY THE REINFORCEMENT PARAMETERS (ONLY WITH THE DONGLE) In order to avoid the users to ask OM to modify the reinforcement database for a change of any of the reinforcement properties.doc January 2003 1.mac files loaded or created afterwards.MAC files) are open.0.C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2.

0. when it is used to consolidate an excavation profile behind a RSS). 3 . it is now possible to place it at any position by choosing the Free placing option and then input its X.doc January 2003 2.C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2.POSSIBILITY TO PLACE A TIEBACK AT ANY POSITION When the tieback is not placed on the superficial soil profile (i. Y coordinates.e.

if necessary. for the blocks where the Gabions or the Terramesh System is the main reinforcement. Therefore also the following schemes can be modelled with the new release: 4 . by clicking on “Reinforcement backing”.POSSIBILITY TO INPUT A BACKING OF THE SECONDARY REINFORCEMENT Presently Macstars only allows to model the following connection scheme when the main reinforcement is made of Gabions or System Terramesh: With the new option it is possible (in compliance with the requirements of some national standard such as the French one). the possible backing of the first secondary reinforcement (equal to the gabion width) and.C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2. also its wrapped length.0.doc January 2003 3. In any case the vertical spacing of the secondary reinforcement is equal to the Terramesh (or gabion) height. to define.

5 . the 2 blocks must also have the same structural embankment soil. This option allows the user to create an Excel spreadsheet already containing the information relevant to the structure modelled in Macstars.0. an Excel spreadsheet which fully complies with the AASHTO prescriptions has been added to the software: if the user wants to use it. he has to choose the relevant “EXCEL spreadsheet” in the stability analysis menu. having the same length and facing inclination.POSSIBILITY TO RUN THE INTERNAL CHECKS WITH THE AASHTO EXCEL SPREADSHEET In order to allow the user to run the internal checks in full accordance to the AASHTO prescriptions. It is possible to run AASHTO internal stability checks for structures with up to 2 superposed System Terramesh blocks.C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2.doc January 2003 4. whose calculation method is much simpler than the Macstars’s one.

MORE AVAILABLE INFORMATION RELEVANT TO THE FOUNDATION PRESSURES In order to give the user more data relevant to foundation pressure calculation. the following information are now available when the wall checks calculations are run: .doc January 2003 5.Width of the equivalent foundation .Lever arm of horizontal force .0.Eccentricity of normal force .C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2.Normal force 6 .

C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2. the value input by the user).doc January 2003 6. reference is made to the µ of the reinforcement (that shall be updated in the DB) and to actual friction angle of the soil used for the structural embankment (i. previously set to 1.MODIFICATION OF THE INTERACTION COEFFICIENT IN THE DB: USE OF µ The previous Macstars 2000 version used to work with the reinforcement’s friction coefficient f.e. which is related to µ (pullout factor) by the following relationship: f = µ tg Φ This choice was not very effective. In the new Macstars version. has been set to 1 for all the reinforcements. 7 . as the numerical values used by the software were different from the ones that are widely known for each reinforcement and the friction value did not take into account the actual friction angle of the soil used for the structural embankment.0. the safety factor on the pullout coefficient.1. in order to make things more understandable and correct. the pullout resistance Fpo is finally given by: Fpo = 2 σv L W µ tg Φ Following to this more accurate approach.

Cyan-Blue for SF<1 Green-Yellow for 1<SF<1. to obtain the critical surfaces coded by color in relationship to their SF factor.0.doc January 2003 7.VIEW OF THE CRITICAL SURFACES In order to allow the user to visualize the location of the most critical surfaces.C:\MacStars 2000\Mac 2000 Documents_ENG\Improvements of Release 2. it is possible.3 thus enabling the user to locate the most critical areas in terms of instability.3 Magenta-Red for SF>1. by choosing the Surface Legend” option from the View menu. 8 .