File system

SectionBuilder uses a number of input and output files. All file names are the form “fileName.ext”, where the extension, “.ext”, identifies the nature of the file.

Input files

SectionBuilder uses two types of input files

  1. File “ProblemName.seb”. This is the master input file used by SectionBuilder; it is characterized by extension “.seb”. The name of the master input file defines string “ProblemName”, which is used to name the various output files..
  2. Files “FileName.dat”. It is sometimes convenient to split the master input file into several distinct files. For instance, material properties are typically listed in a separate input file that can then be shared by many different problems by using the include command. Input files with the “.dat” extension are optional.

Output files

A successful run of SectionBuilder will generate the following output files.

  1. File “ProblemName_Model.out”. This file is a formatted ASCII file that can be viewed by using any standard text editor tools such as Notepad. This file contains all the results of the analysis of the cross-section.
  2. File “ProblemName.plt”. This file is a formatted ASCII file that can be viewed by using any standard text editor tools such as Notepad. This file is used to generate the plots that are included in the .html file. SectionBuilder plotting capabilities use gnuplot (current version: 5.06), a portable command-line driven graphing utility for Linux, OS/2, MS Windows, OSX, VMS, and many other platforms. Please download and install gnuplot, and associate extension “.plt” with execution of gnuplot. Double-click file “ProblemName.plt” to execute gnuplot before loading the “ProblemName.html” file into your browser.
  3. File “ProblemName.html”. This file can be opened using any web browser. It repeats all the results of the analysis of the cross-section in HyperText Markup Language.