Arc/Circle/Ellipse Area

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Menu: Info > Arc/Circle/Ellipse Area
Shortcut: I, C
Commands: acearea | ic

Description:

Author: Robert S.

This command calculates the area of arcs, circles, ellipses and elliptical arcs, and optionally adds the information to the current layer of a drawing. If you select any other type of entity a warning is shown in the command line.

For arcs, there are two options for calculating areas, namely Segment or Sector. The area of a segment (or slice) is the area bound by the arc and two lines drawn from the arc's startpoint and endpoint to the arc's centre. The area of a sector is the area bound by the arc and a chord drawn from the arc's startpoint to the endpoint.

Segment or Sector
Figure 1: a segment (slice) and sector.

Options

This command has the standard "Add measurement to drawing" and "Text Height" options.

Standard options
Figure 2: Standard Info options

Whether this is off or not, when you click on an arc, circle, ellipse or elliptical arc, the information is displayed in the command line widget.

Info is displayed in command line widget
Figure 3: Info displayed in command line

(Note: Every time you start an info command the "Add measurement to drawing" checkbox is always unchecked. You must remember to switch it on if you want the info added to the drawing).

It also adds the following options.

Options toolbar
Figure 4: Added options

Mode:

The mode only applies to arcs.

Sector
Sector: This mode returns the area of the sector. This is useful when used in conjunction with the "Polygonal Area" command.

Segment Segment: This mode returns the area of the segment.

Add:

Entity: This selects whether you want to add a copy of the measured entity to the current layer of the drawing.

Chord: This selects if you want the chord (sector), or radius lines (segment), added to the drawing.

Length: By default the area is always printed on the drawing. This option selects whether you want extra information added to the drawing.

For circles and full ellipses the extra information is the circumference. This uses the centre point as the lower left corner for the added text.

Extra info for circles and ellipses

For circular arcs the extra information is the length of the arc and the length of the chord (in sector mode), or the radius (in segment mode).

For ellipses the extra information is the length of the arc and the length of the chord (in sector mode), or the distance from the centre point to the startpoint of the arc, followed by the distance from the centre point to the endpoint of the arc (in segment mode).

The lower left corner for the added text is the endpoint of the arc.

Extra info for arcs

Extra info for arcs

Extra info for arcs

Extra info for arcs