Did you know that you could use Consteel to design a hot-rolled crane beam considering the effect of code-prescribed load eccentricities?
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In Consteel 16, we introduced the function of load combination filter. Filtering is possible based on the load combinations’ limit state, load cases, and corresponding analysis and design results. The goal is to create different sets for the different steps of the optimization and reduce calculation time while making sure that all the relevant load combinations are considered. Let’s see what a conscious design workflow looks like in practice!GATE
It is essential for the effective work of the design engineers to have a model which is easy to overview. In Consteel there are several functions to achieve that such as layers and portions, and also Member coloring by cross-section.
How it works
The color of the displayed objects is now determined by the object style settings in Options.
Layer color can overwrite these settings if the Layer style cell is checked on Layers dialog.
In the case of beam type members, it is also possible to set the color of the object according to the section it has defined. Coloring by member can be set with Object color setting dialog in the right bottom corner:
Choose the I-section shape button to use coloring by section. Setting can be applied to local or all tabs as usual. Color by section is not possible when color by layer is selected.
The colors can be defined for each profile in the section administrator. With a double-click on the color cell, it is possible to set any color.
Use coloring by section to make your model more perspicuous.
For more check out our feature preview video:
As it is important to have a clear overview of the structural model, the visualization of the analysis results is also essential when it comes to effective design process. From Consteel 15 we use an advanced method for deformation representation which makes it smooth and realistic.
Civil engineering software in general use the traditional beam-type deformation representation where the section is shown on the deformation of the reference line. There are some consequences of this representation mode that can be disturbing for the users. The best example is an eccentric support, where the deformed shape is visualized as if the supported point would’ve moved. The reference line indeed moved but the supported point not – the representation can not show that.
With Consteel’s advanced deformation representation not only the position of the reference line points are calculated and the section is only shown automatically, but the positions of all the decorated points of the section are calculated during a post-process and so it is possible to represent the real deformations. As a consequence it is also visible that the supported points stay in position.
Coloring has also improved with this representation. With the traditional way, the section was colored based on only the deformations of the reference line, so the same color applied for the whole cross-section. With the advanced technique, colors are assigned to the decorated points, and so coloring can change within a cross-section.
It is important to know that the analysis results are the same as before, only the representation of the deformations are now more realistic.
Other issues connecting to visualization which were often raised by our customers are also fixed with this advanced representation method, e.g. at frame corners the connecting flanges are moving together as in reality. Warping at member ends can also be well inspected.
To see examples of what Consteel’s advanced deformation representation can give you, check out our feature preview video:
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