The general section can only be used for user element type U1 and is defined by the following properties (to be given by the user in that order):

- cross section area A
- moment of inertia
- moment of inertia
- moment of inertia
- Timoshenko shear coefficient

Furthermore, the specification of the 1-direction (cf. third line in the *BEAM SECTION definition) is REQUIRED for this type of section. Internally, the properties are stored in the prop-array in the following order:

- cross section area A
- moment of inertia
- moment of inertia
- moment of inertia
- Timoshenko shear coefficient
- global x-coordinate of a unit vector in 1-direction
- global y-coordinate of a unit vector in 1-direction
- global z-coordinate of a unit vector in 1-direction
- offset1
- offset2

In the present implementation of the U1-type element , offset1 and offset2 have to be zero.