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Steel wear analysis for portal frames made of hot-rolled and cold-formed sections

The results of analyzes of frames with a span of 12, 15 and 18 m have been presented. Their minimum mass was assumed as the optimization criterion. The finite element…

Analysis
Cold-formed
Technical reports
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Comparison of chosen methods for estimation of critical lateral torsional buckling bending moment of web-tapered I-beams

Comparison of chosen methods for estimation of critical lateral torsional buckling bending moment of web-tapered I-beams. In this article, the elastic critical bending moments of the web-tapered I-beams calculated by…

Analysis
Results
Technical reports
Basic

Utilizing Pangolin in a „Consteel first workflow”

Pangolin not only creates Consteel models for you but can also read and utilize your existing Consteel models. This is what we will look into more detail in this article.

Scripting
Pangolin
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Warehouse building example for Overall Imperfection Method

Watch our user guide about How to use the Overall Imperfection Method to learn more. Version: CS14.831 Click the button below to download the model.

Design
Buckling design
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Overall Imperfection Method

The Overall Imperfection Method is an alternative way to carry out the buckling design for a structural member. With this method the buckling phenomenon is considered on the effect side…

Design
Buckling design
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Haunched frame with purlins and LTB bracing

Modeling
Special modeling tools
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Floor beams model example

Modeling
Special modeling tools
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Smart link

The smart link is a different version of the already existing link element, that was introduced into Consteel with version 14. In case of the smart link, we developed a…

Modeling
Special modeling tools
User guides
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Haunched frame warehouse building model

Design
Fire design
Model examples
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Critical temperature calculation

The calculation of the critical temperature is available in Consteel since the release of version 14. As an introduction of this feature, we prepared a video that gives some theoretical…

Design
Fire design
Analysis
User guides
Basic

Model definition with Pangolin

Geometry definition Geometry in Pangolin can be described by lines or circular arcs and polygons made up of the former two.The relevant components are the simplest ones, acting as converters…

Pangolin
Scripting
Modeling
How to
Basic

Getting Started with Consteel 14 – Documentation

Consteel 14 is a powerful analysis and design software for structural engineers. Watch our video how to get started with Consteel. Contents Creating snapshots Save tables for documentation Create section…

Documentation
Getting started
How to
Basic

Getting Started with Consteel 14 – Connection Design

Consteel 14 is a powerful analysis and design software for structural engineers. Watch our video how to get started with Consteel. Contents Build joint model based on the global model…

Design
Connections
Steel joints
Getting started
How to
Basic

Getting Started with Consteel 14 – Design

Consteel 14 is a powerful analysis and design software for structural engineers. Watch our video how to get started with Consteel. Contents Set design parameters Perform cross section check Examine…

Design
Buckling design
Getting started
How to
Basic

Getting Started with Consteel 14 – Analysis

Consteel 14 is a powerful analysis and design software for structural engineers. Watch our video how to get started with Consteel. Contents Set analysis parameters Perform first and second order…

Analysis
Results
Buckling analysis
First order analysis
Second order analysis
Getting started
How to
Basic

Getting Started with Consteel 14 – Loads

Consteel 14 is a powerful analysis and design software for structural engineers. Watch our video how to get started with Consteel. Contents Define load groups and load cases Generate load…

Load combinations
Modeling
Loads
Getting started
How to
Basic

Getting Started with Consteel 14 – Geometry

Consteel 14 is a powerful analysis and design software for structural engineers. Watch our video how to get started with Consteel. Contents Load sections Creating beams and columns Place supports…

Modeling
Loads
Supports
Structural member
Getting started
How to
Basic

Get to know Pangolin

Introducing Pangolin, the new ConSteel integration with Grasshopper In quick summary What is it? – Pangolin is a plugin to integrate structural modelling and analysis into your parametric Grasshopper definitions…

Scripting
Pangolin
Feature preview
Getting started
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Secret formulas of EN 1993-1-3 – Part 3

In our series we have shown in Part 1 and Part 2 how the spring stiffness „K” is determined for and edge and for an intermediate stiffener. In this part…

Design
Cold-formed
Technical studies
Distortional buckling
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Secret formulas of EN 1993-1-3 – Part 2

Distortional buckling – Further secret formulas of EN 1993-1-3. Check our article for the first secret formula if you hadn’t read it yet. In our series we continue with the…

Design
Cold-formed
Technical studies
Distortional buckling
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Buckling resistance of members: imperfection or reduction factor? 2.

Part 2 – Imperfection factors The Eurocode EN 1993-1-1 offers basically two methods for the buckling verification of members: (1) based on buckling reduction factors (buckling curves) and (2) based…

Design
Analysis
Buckling design
Buckling analysis
Imperfect model analysis
Technical studies
Basic

Model example for semi-rigid joints

Read our tips and tricks about Semi-rigid joints in modeling of structures for more information. Version: CS14.1000 Click the button below to download the model.

Connections
Connection interactions
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Basic

Model example for wind load on custom shape roof

Read our tips and tricks about Surface wind load on custom shape roof for more information. Version: CS14.1000 Click the button below to download the model.

Modeling
Loads
Model examples
Basic

Multiple point support model example

Read our tips and tricks about Placing of multiple point supports for more information. Version: CS14.1000 Click the button below to download the example model.

Modeling
Supports
Model examples
Basic

Joint orientation model example

Read our tips and tricks about Choosing the orientation of a symmetric joint for more information. Version: CS14.1000 Click the button below to download the model.

Connections
Steel joints
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What is a Shear field?

This article aims to cover the theoretical background of the shear field stiffness determination methods implemented in Consteel. Modeling with the shear field stiffness based method will also be compared…

Analysis
Theory background
Basic

Model import from IFC file

Introduction IFC is a global standard for data exchange in the building industry. It is widely used for sharing models independent of the software the original model was created. It…

BIM links
IFC
Tips & Tricks
Pro

Accurate beam finite element for tapered members

Modeling of tapered elements Stability calculation of tapered members is always a difficult problem despite its popularity in steel hall construction. Generally in analysis software for the stability analysis a…

Analysis
Technical studies
Pro

Secret formulas of EN 1993-1-3 Part 1

EN 1993-1-3 contains 3 „secret” formulas. The first two are used to determine the effective cross section due to distortional buckling when edge or intermediate stiffeners are involved. The third…

Structural standards
EN 1993-1-3
Technical studies
Basic

Two-level model diagnostics

Introduction In Consteel there is a possibility to perform a model check on the structure to reveal modelling errors. This model check or diagnostics can be separated to First and Second…

Modeling
Structural member
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Semi-rigid joints in modeling of structures

Introduction The effects of the behaviour of the joints on the distribution of internal forces and moments within a structure, and on the overall deformations of the structure, should generally…

Connections
Connection interactions
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Freeform structural modelling functions

Introduction In the last years, freeform architecture became more and more popular. A variety of complex geometric shapes are used for the facades of buildings, which brought the demand of…

Modeling
Special modeling tools
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Easy way to directly modify coordinates

Introduction It happens quite often, that you need to import static models from another modeling software into Consteel. This is a very practical and effective solution to simplify your work.…

Modeling
Structural member
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Placing of multiple point supports

Introduction In Consteel there are several opportunities to place the point supports you need in a quick and effective way. Multiple placing of column bases In case you imported a…

Modeling
Supports
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Frame corner wizard

Introduction The Frame corner wizard is a useful additional function for modelling and analyzing the corner region in order to consider its special behavior. What is it for The frame…

Modeling
Special modeling tools
Tips & Tricks
Basic

User defined EN standards

Introduction In Consteel a great variety of EN National Annexes can be used for structural design. It is possible to review the existing annexes in the Standards menu. In case…

EN National Annexes
Structural standards
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Difference between Consteel functions „Global stability check” and „Member check”

Introduction There are different ways to evaluate the stability of a structure. It is important to know the differences between those methods and the limits of applicability but it is…

Design
Buckling design
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Determination of shear field stiffness and application in Consteel

Shear fields are used in daily practice in Germany for the design of structures by considering the stabilization effect of trapezoidal decking connected to bar elements. Such stabilization effect can…

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Seismic design of frames of single-story industrial building with built-in mezzanine floors according to Eurocode 8 with Consteel

In everyday practice frames of pre-engineered metal buildings are often designed as 2D structures. Industrial buildings often have partial mezzanine floors, attached to one of the main columns, to suit…

Technical studies
Basic

Effect of shear restraint of the lateral torsional buckling resistance

It is known that the lateral torsional buckling resistance of a simple supported beam can be significantly increased if its compressed flange is connected adequately to a trapezoidal decking. Eurocode…

Technical studies
Basic

Choosing the orientation of a symmetric joint

Introduction Joint orientaion can be chosen by the graphical display of the Place joint on the model function. How it works If there is only one option how to place…

Connections
Steel joints
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Surface wind load on a custom shape roof

Introduction How can you place surface wind loads, when you have a custom shaped flat roof instead of the standard types you can see in Eurocode? How to do that…

Modeling
Loads
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Default joint settings

Introduction When you create a new joint either manually or by model, certain parameters are set to a default value e.g. weld sizes, method of weld design, bolt material and…

Connections
Steel joints
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Custom envelope figure

Introduction As you may already know, you can check the max, min and min-max envelope diagrams for (first and second order) analysis results in Consteel. But you can also create…

Analysis
Results
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Copy-paste unique load combination data from Excel

The problem Even if all of the load combination generation formulas of EN are implemented in Consteel for the automatic generation of combinations, standard formulas may not cover every necessary…

Load combinations
Modeling
Tips & Tricks
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Buckling resistance of members: imperfection or reduction factor? – 1.

Part 1: Buckling utilization differences The Eurocode EN 1993-1-1 offers basically two methods for the buckling verification of members: (1) based on buckling reduction factors (buckling curves) and (2) based…

Design
Analysis
Basic

How to save calculation time?

Introduction In case of a model with a lot of load cases (wind in different directions, with and without internal pressure, snow,seismic etc.), hundreds of load combinations can be generated…

Analysis
Results
Tips & Tricks
Basic

Technical and economical performance of thin-walled steel structures vs. hot-rolled profiles

The main objective of the research paper is to present the technical and economical results obtained for standardized structures with small and medium spans. The obtained results can represent a…

Design
Analysis
Technical reports
Basic

A long span structure in Romania

The authors will describe in the following pages the reasons why the project of the Multi-functional Sports Hall from Cluj Napoca is attractive. The main lines of the building are:…

Design
Technical reports
Basic

Structure of a Terminal Building

The construction of Kopitnari International Airport was one of the most important Georgian brownfield investments in 2011-2012. The 5000 m2 steel terminal building with timber interior, a spectacular member of…

Design
Technical reports
Basic

Structural design of a roof steel structure having double curvature

Having as a starting point the idea of creating a structure with an iconic design, the current article presents all the technical solutions and steps followed in the process of…

Design
Technical reports
Basic

Nowe trendy w normach: EUROKOD 3 Part 2

Nowe trendy w normach: EUROKOD 3 – efektywne globalne projektowanie konstrukcji. Kliknij przycisk poniżej, aby pobrać i przeczytać cały artykuł. Szalai J, Papp F. Nowe trendy w normach: EUROKOD 3…

Design
Analysis
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Nowe trendy w normach EUROKOD 3

Nowe trendy w normach EUROKOD 3 – efektywne globalne projektowanie konstrukcyjne Analiza oparta na modelu 3D przy użyciu ogólnej metody elementów skończonych belkowo-słupowych. Kliknij przycisk poniżej, aby pobrać i przeczytać…

Analysis
Technical reports
Basic

A practical approach to study of fire resistance of a steel structure with open built up members and columns

The case study exposes a practical evaluation of fire resistance of an old structure of a Spanish industrial building composed of steel built-up members; the truss members are angles connected…

Design
Fire design
Analysis
Technical reports
Basic

Fire design of a steel hall without fire protection

In Hungary only since 2008 is allowed to use the structural fire engineering methods for fire design. The Eurocode provides methods and standards for these calculations. The practising engineers have…

Design
Fire design
Technical reports
Basic

Stressed skin effect on the elastic buckling of pitched roof portal frames

The paper presents the influence of the diaphragm effect on the behavior of pitched roof portal frames, having Z purlins and corrugated sheeting as cladding. The paper highlights the stabilizing…

Analysis
Scientific publications
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European and United States approaches for steel storage pallet rack design. Part 2: Practical applications

A two-part paper has been written to summarise the main results of a comparative study on the design provisions currently adopted in Europe (EU) and the United States (US) for…

Analysis
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Comparative study of steel frame modelling levels and Eurocode based design methods (full access)

Click the button bellow to download and read the full article at page 187-195. In this paper a numerical study is presented which examines a steel frame with two different…

Buckling analysis
Imperfect model analysis
7 DOF beam element
Shell element
Scientific publications
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On Design Method of Lateral-torsional Buckling of Beams: State of the Art and a New Proposal for a General Type Design Method (full access)

After introducing the Eurocode standards several theses have been published on the now much-discussed phenomenon of lateral-torsional buckling of steel structural elements under pure bending. According to that, researchers are…

Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
Scientific publications
General Method
Lateral-torsional buckling
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Practical application of the “General Method” of EN 1993-1-1 (full access)

In the second article of this series, Dr József Szalai of ConSteel Solutions demonstrates practical examples where the “General Method” of EN 1993-1-1 shows advantages compared to the conventional approaches.…

Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
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General Method
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The “General Method”of EN 1993-1-1 (full access)

Clause 6.3.4 of EN 1993-1-1 describes a “General Method” for lateral and lateral torsional buckling of structural components, ideally suited to software applications. Although the UK National Annex places some…

Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
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General Method
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New approaches in Eurocode 3 – efficient global structural design – Part 1 (full access)

The new versions of the EN 1993-1-1 (EC3-1-1) and the EN 1993-1-5 (EC3-1-5) standards have introduced the general method designing beam-column structures; see [1] and [2]. The design method requires…

Buckling analysis
Finite elements
Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
EN 1993-1-5
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General Method
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New approaches in Eurocode 3 – efficient global structural design – Part 0 (full access)

The new versions of the EN 1993-1-1 (EC3-1-1) and the EN 1993-1-5 (EC3-1-5) standards have introduced the general method designing beam-column structures; see [1] and [2]. The design method requires…

Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
EN 1993-1-5
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Software solutions for steel and timber structures (full access, CZ)

Click the button bellow to download and read the full article. The article is in czech at page 48-57. Wald F, Papp F, Szalai J, Vídenský J. Obecná metoda pro…

Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
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General Method
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Design of frames composed of tapered members according to EN 1993 using Consteel program (full access)

The portal frames composed of tapered welded I-shaped structural members play important roles in the industrial buildings. The application of the relatively thin plates and the optimized fabrication makes these…

Buckling design
Structural member
EN 1993-1-1
EN 1993-1-5
Technical reports
General Method
Portal frames
Tapered members
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Analiza nośności stalowej ramy płaskiej o blachownicowych elementach smukłościennych

W pracy przedstawiono analizę nośności stalowej ramy płaskiej na przykładzie ramy portalowej o rozpiętości 36,0 m, wykonanej ze smukłościennych elementów blachownicowych o zmiennej wysokości środnika i przegubowo połączonej z fundamentami.…

Analysis
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Basic

Analiza nośności stalowej ramy płaskiej o blachownicowych elementach smukłościennych

W pracy przedstawiono analizę nośności stalowej ramy płaskiej na przykładzie ramy portalowej o rozpiętości 36,0 m, wykonanej ze smukłościennych elementów blachownicowych o zmiennej wysokości środnika i przegubowo połączonej z fundamentami.…

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Theory and application of the general method of Eurocode 3 Part 1 (full access)

The EN 1993 Part 1-1 (EC3-1-1) has introduced a new approach (called the “General Method”) to perform lateral-torsional buckling (LTB) assessment of beam-column structural components on the basis of elastic…

Buckling analysis
Buckling design
EN 1993-1-1
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General Method
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Use of Eigenvalue analysis for different levels of stability design (full access)

Stability analysis and design have always played a key role in the process of verification of steel structures. The possible analysis methods and design procedures have a long history with…

Buckling analysis
Buckling design
Scientific publications
Sensitivity