Section properties reported by the Section Wizard do not match with hand calculations

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 Area: Modeling Solutions
 Subarea: Properties
 Original Author:Modestas Turulis, Bentley Technical Support Group

A simple box section was modeled in the Section Wizard's Section Builder mode. The section properties reported by the program do not match with manual calculations. I.e. a moment of inertia calculated by hand is 1x10^6 mm^4, however, Section Wizard reports it as 1.827x10^6 mm^4. Why?


The hand calculation which is provided in the above screenshot are based on the thin wall theory (more details can be found here: However, the Section Builder mode in the Section Wizard is using a thick wall theory to calculate section's properties (more details can be found here:

Based on the online calculators, the thin wall theory provides such moments of inertia for the mentioned section:

-However, the thick wall theory in the same online calculator gives the same sectional properties as reported in the Section Wizard: