I am analyzing a plane frame. I specify a prismatic section with IX. The analysis stops with the error message that I need to specify IZ. What is the need to specify IZ?
For plane frames with no beta angle, what is needed is IZ, not IX. IX is the torsion constant. IZ is the moment of inertia about the Z axis. Members of a plane frame with a beta angle of zero will bend about the Z axis, which explains the need for IZ. They are not prone to twisting, and that is why IX is not needed.
Table 1.1 shows the properties required for various types of structures, is reproduced below.