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4.6 Data Entry

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Data are entered in the data entry area.


4.6.1 Data Format


Valid data are decimal numbers written using Arabic numerals (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9).  Valid decimal separator is period mark(.) (for example 12.35 or 3.14159).


The decimal numbers are separated by Space, or by comma(,), or by semicolon (;), or by Tab, or by Return.


All of the following are legal and equivalent:


-128.5 352.7 32.58

253.5 -50.9 126.7








-128.5                    352.7                    32.58

253.5                    -50.9                    126.7


Note that there is no limitation on how many numbers in a row.  For 6-component stresses method, it is advisable to enter 6 components in a row.  If not, the program will automatically sort the numbers into 6 numbers in a row.


4.6.2 Repeated Numbers


The repeated numbers can be simplified by number of repeats followed by a "*" mark followed by the number to be repeated.  For example, A 327 (MPa) principal stress in 6-component stresses method can be entered as:




Or it can be simplified as




4.6.3 Importing Data File


Data files meeting the data format requirements in 4.6.1 can be imported to the input data editor.  Click Import file buttonon the toolbar.  In the pop-up dialog box, select the data file to be imported, and click Open.



4.6.4 Editing Data


Data can be edited using the buttons on the toolbar or using shortcuts.  The Undo, Redo, Cut, Copy, Paste and Select All commands are standard in nearly all Windows programs that deal with word or text documents.  The user is expected to be familiar with these operations.







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