Australian Scaffolding Capacity Calculator

The SkyCiv Australian Scaffolding Load Calculator allows engineers to design scaffolding as per Australian Standard 1576.1-2019 and 1576.2-2016. The calculator provides multiple design capacities as results including bending and shear capacity of the coupler, the axial force carrying capacity of the coupler and torsional moment carrying capacity of the member. The AS 1576 scaffolding calculator supports multiple coupler types including right angle couplers, parallel couplers, swivel couplers and friction type sleeve couplers.

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Australian Scaffolding Calculator

How to Calculate Scaffolding Load?

When considering the scaffolding design loads to put into the Australian scaffolding calculator multiple load cases should be considered. These include loads from:

  • Dead loads are caused by scaffolding components and equipment placed on the scaffolding structure.
  • Live loads are generally caused by the weight of workers, material and tools moving across the structure.
  • Wind loads are based on the wind speeds at the site. Please refer to AS 1170 for wind load calculations or use the SkyCiv Wind Load Calculator.

Once these loads have all been determined, they need to be summed together along with any concentrated point loads. These loads can then be applied to the scaffolding member in the design loads section of the SkyCiv Australian Scaffolding Design Calculator. The design load section of the calculator includes inputs for the:

  • Max Bending Force in Member and Coupler
  • Max Shear Force in Member and Coupler
  • Max Axial Force in Member
  • Torsional Moment in Member

What type of Couplers are used in Australian Scaffolding?

The Australian Scaffolding Design Code (AS1576) defines a couple as a fitting that joins two tubes. The calculators defined in the calculator include:

  • Right-angle Couplers are used to join two members at a ninety degree angle (right angles). These are sometimes called double couplers.
  • Swivel Parallel Couplers are used to join two scaffolding tube members at multiple angles up to 180 degrees.
  • Parallel Couplers are used to join two scaffolding members in parallel.
  • Friction Type Sleeve Couplers are used to join scaffold tubes together usually in an end-to-end manner. These types of couplers use friction to join the two tubes together without fixtures like bolts or nuts.

What Standard is used to Design Scaffolding Australia?

Australian/New Zealand Standard 1576 is the standard used to design scaffolding in Australia and New Zealand.

Calculator FAQs

The calculations are completed in the metric units system. However, the automatic conversion of inputs and results into imperial is available.
The Australian Scaffolding Calculator allows users to enter the following material properties:
  • Modulus Of Elasticity
  • Modulus Of Rigidity
  • Slenderness Compression Limit
  • Yield Strength of Member
  • Ultimate Strength of Member
The Australian Scaffolding Calculator is used to design to AS/NZS 1576 according to AS1576.1-2019 & AS1576.2-2016.
An integrated version of the calculator for SkyCiv S3D will soon be available to import all eligible members with the appropriate properties for the Scaffolding Calculator and run all your checks in one go. Please contact [email protected] or use the live chat if you are interested in early access.

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