Section properties are used in various design calculations. For convenience, the following are formulas to calculate the section properties of rectangular beam cross sections.
Neutral axis, in the cross section of a beam, is the line in which there is neither tension nor compression stress.
Moment of Inertia (I) of the cross section of beam is the sum of Table the products of each of its elementary areas multiplied by the square of their distance from the neutral axis of the section.
Section Modulus (S) is the moment of inertia divided by the distance from the neutral axis to the extreme fiber of the section.
Cross Section is a section taken through the member perpendicular to its longitudinal axis.
The following symbols and formulas apply to rectangular beam cross sections:
XX= neutral axis for edgewise bending (load applied to narrow face)
YY= Neutral axis for flatwise bending (load applied to narrow face)
b= breadth of rectangular bending member(in.)
d= depth of rectangular bending member (in.)
A= bd=area of cross section (in.2)
c= distance from neutral axis to extreme fiber of cross section (in.)
Ixx= bd3/12 = moment of inertia about the XX axis (in.4)
Iyy= db3/12 = moment of inertia about the YY axis (in.4)
rxx= Square root of (Ixx/A) = d/Square root of 12 = radius of gyration about the XX axis (in.)
ryy= Square root of (Iyy/A) = b/Square root of 12 = radius of gyration about the YY axis (in.)
sxx= Ixx /c = bd2/6 = section modulus about the XX axis (in.3)
syy= Iyy /c = db2/6 = section modulus about the YY axis (in.3)
Sizes of rough and dressed Western Red Cedar are shown in Tables 1 and 2.
Spans for Western Red Cedar dimension lumber used as joists and rafters in residential and commercial structures are available from the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, the Canadian Wood Council and the National Association of Home Builders. Please request publication The U.S Span Book for Canadian Lumber. Cost $10.
Thickness (in.)  1  13/4  2  3  4  6  8  10  12  14 

Width (in.)  2  4  6  8  10  12  14  –  –  – 
Item  Thickness (in.)  Width (in.)  

Actual  Actual  
Nominal  Dry  Green  Nominal  Dry  Green  
Boards  1  11/16  3/4  2  11/2  1/9/16 
11/4  1  11/32  3  21/2  29/16  
4  31/2  39/16  
6  51/2  59/16  
8  71/2  73/8  
10  91/4  93/8  
12  111/4  113/8  
Garden Lumber  2  11/2  19/16  2  11/2  19/16 
3  21/2  29/16  3  21/2  29/16  
4  31/2  39/16  4  31/2  39/16  
6  51/2  59/16  
8  71/4  73/8  
10  91/4  93/8  
12  111/4  113/8  
Timbers*  5  41/2  5  41/2  
6  51/2  6  51/2  
8  71/2  8  71/2 
*Surfaced timbers 10″ and larger available only on special order. Confirm before specifying.
To obtain the coverage of a specified width of siding from Table 3, perform the following calculations:
Example:
Siding Type  Nominal Width (in.)  Dressed Width (in.)  Exposed Face Width (in.)  Linear Feet Factor  Board Feet Factor 

Bevel Siding^{1}  4 6 8 10 12 
31/2 51/2 71/2 91/2 111/2 
21/2 41/2 61/2 81/2 101/2 
4.80 2.67 1.85 1.41 1.14 
1.60 1.33 1.23 1.18 1.14 
Tongue and Groove Siding  4 6 8 
33/8 53/8 73/8 
3 5 63/4 
4.00 2.40 1.77 
1.33 1.20 1.19 
Channel Siding  6 8 10 
51/2 73/8 93/8 
43/4 65/8 85/8 
2.53 1.81 1.39 
1.27 1.21 1.16 
Board and Batten Siding  2 4 6 8 10 12 
19/16 39/16 59/16 73/8 93/8 113/8 
varies with width of board  see footnote 2 
Notes:
Since different sizes of visuallygraded lumber have different values, the design values shown in Table 4 are tabulated in a base value approach. Base values are provided for a base size that depends on the grade. For Select Structural, No.1, No.2 and No.3 grades, the base strength values are published on a 2×12 basis. For Construction Standard and Utility grades, the base strength values are published on a 2×4 basis (the size factor is always 1.0). For Stud grade, the base strength values are published on a 2×6 basis. These values are for use in the United States only.
To determine the value for a given size, the designer selects a base value for a given grade then multiplies the base value by a size factor from Table 5.
The base design values apply to Western Red Cedar manufactured by members of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association and graded to National Lumber Grading Authority (NLGA), West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau (WCLIB) or Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) rules. Grades and sizes of Canadian dimension lumber are identical to those in use throughout the United States and conform to the requirements of applicable American Standards.
Base values in pounds per square inch (psi) – Use with Adjustment Factors (see Tables 5 to 9)
Grade  Extreme Fiber Stress in Bending F_{b} 
Tension Parallel to Grain F_{1} 
Horizontal Shear F_{v}  Compression  Modulus of Elasticity (million psi) E 


Perpndcular. to Grain F_{c(perp)} 
Parallel to Grain F_{c} 

Select Structural No.1/No.2 No.3 
1000 725 / 700 400 
600 425 / 425 250 
155 155 155 
425 425 425 
1,000 825 / 650 375 
1.1 1.0 / 1.0 0.9 
Construction Standard Utility 
800 450 225 
475 275 125 
155 155 155 
425 425 425 
850 650 425 
0.9 0.8 0.8 
Stud  550  325  155  425  400  0.9 
Notes:
Grades  Nominal Width (depth in in.)  F_{b }less than 4″ thick  F_{b }4″ thick nominal  F_{t}  F_{c}  Other Properties 

Select Structural No.1 No.2 No.3 
4 & less 5 6 8 10 12 14 & wider 
1.5 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 
1.5 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 
1.5 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 
1.15 1.1 1.1 1.05 1.0 1.0 0.9 
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 
Construction & Standard  4 & less  1.0  1.0  1.0  1.0  1.0 
Utility  4  1.0  1.0  1.0  1.0  1.0 
Stud*  4 & less 5 & 6 
1.1 1.0 
1.1 1.0 
1.1 1.0 
1.05 1.0 
1.0 1.0 
MSR and plank Decking All grades & sizes 
1.0  1.0  –  1.0  1.0  1.0 
*Factors are for Stud grade widths 6″ and less. For studs wider than 6″, use the design values and size factors for No. 3 grade.
The recommended design values are for applications where the moisture content of the wood does not exceed 19%. For use conditions where the moisture content of dimension lumber will exceed 19%, the Wet Use Adjustment Factors below are recommended.
Property  Adjustment Factor 

F_{b} Extreme Fiber Stress in Bending  0.85* 
F_{t} Tension Parallel to Grain  1.0 
F_{c} Compression Parellel to Grain  0.8** 
F_{v} Horizontal Shear  0.97 
F_{c1} Compression Perpendicular to Grain  0.67 
E Modulus of Elasticity  0.9 
Notes:
* Bending Wet Use Factor = 1.0 where F_{b} C_{F}
(Base Value x Size Factor) does not exceed 1,150 psi.
** Compression Parallel Wet Use Factor=1.0 where F_{c} C_{F}
(Base Value x Size Factor) does not exceed 750 psi.
Apply to Tabulated Design Values for Extreme Fiber Stress in Bending Where Lumber is used Flatwise Rather than on Edge.
Nominal Width (in.)  Nominal Thickness (in.)  

Less than 4  4  
Less than 4  1.00  – 
4  1.10  1.00 
5  1.10  1.05 
6  1.15  1.05 
8  1.15  1.05 
10 & Wider  1.20  1.10 
Note: These factors apply to all dimension lumber except tongueandgrove decking grades. For T & G decking, the following adjustments may be used:
Nominal thickness  2″  3″  4″ 
Flat use factor  1.10  1.04  1.00 
Applies to Tabulated Design Values for Extreme Fiber Stress in Bending when members are used as joists, truss chords, rafters, studs, planks, decking or similar members which are in contact or spaced not more than 24″ on centers, are not less than 3 in number and are joined by floor, roof or other load distributing elements adequate to support the design load.
1.5 
Load Duration  Factor 

Permanent  0.9 
Ten Years (normal load)  1.0 
Two Months (snow load)  1.15 
Seven Days  1.25 
Ten Minutes (wind, earthquake)  1.6 
Impact  2.0 
Note: Confirm load requirements with local codes. Refer to Model Building Codes or the National Design Specification for hightemperature or fireretardant treated adjustment factors.
All horizontal shear base values are established as if a piece were split full length and as such the values are reduced from those permitted to be assigned in accordance with ASTM standards. This reduction is made to compensate for any degree of shake, check or split that might develop in a piece.
2 in. Thick (Nominal) Lumber 
3 in. and Thicker (Nominal) Lumber 


For convenience, the table below may be used to determine horizontal shear values for any grade of 2″ thick lumber in any species when the length of split or check is known:  Horizontal shear values for 3″ and thicker lumber also are established as if a piece were split full length. When specific lengths of splits are known and any increase in them is not anticipated, the following adjustments may be applied:  
When length of split on wide face does not exceed:  Multiply tabulated F_{v} value by:  When length of split on wide face does not exceed  Multiply tabulated F_{v} value by: 
No split 1/2 x wide face 3/4 x wide face 1 x wide face 11/2 x wide face or more 
2.00 1.67 1.50 1.33 1.00 
No split 1/2 x narrow face1 x narrow face 11/2 x narrow face or more 
2.00 1.671.33 1.00 
Design values for compression perpendicular to grain are established in accordance with the procedures set forth in ASTM D 2555 and D 245. ASTM procedures consider deformation under bearing loads as a serviceability limit state comparable to bending deflection because bearing loads rarely cause structural failures. Therefore, ASTM procedures for determining compression perpendicular to grain values are based on a deformation of 0.04″ and are considered adequate for most classes of structures. Where more stringent measures need be taken in design, the following permits the designer to adjust design values to a more conservative deformation basis of 0.02″.
Y_{02} = 0.73Y_{04} + 5.60 
Design values in pounds per square inch (psi)  

Size Grade 
Classification  Extreme Fiber Stress in Bending F_{b}  Tension Parallel to Grain F_{1}  Shear Parallel to Grain F_{v}  Compression Perpendicular to Grain F_{c}  Compression Parallel to Grain F_{c}  Modulus of Elasticity E 
Select Structural No. 1 No. 2 
Beams and Stringers 
1,150 975 625 
675 475 325 
140 140 140 
425 425 425 
875 725 475 
1,000,000 1,000,000 800,000 
Select Structural No. 1 No. 2 
Posts and Timber 
1,100 875 550 
725 600 350 
140 140 140 
425 425 425 
925 800 550 
1,000,000 1,000,000 800,000 