Advance Design Connection Workflows
Advance Design Connection is a powerful steel connection analysis solution, with the possibility to operate as a stand-alone software package allowing the user to build customised joints and apply loadings to suit any situation. However, Advanced Design Connection’s full potential lies in its ability to be nested within a user’s existing workflow – harnessing forces generated from within Graitec's own structural analysis software Advance Design, or a range of other industry standard FEM software packages.
Advance Design Connection can have the user designing the joint required for a particular situation in a matter of minutes.
Create, import and analyse workflow from Advance Steel
Create, import and analyse workflow from Advance Design
3D Simulation of Steel Joints
In Advance Design Connection the steel joint is composed of plates, welds, bolts contacts and can be anchored into concrete blocks. The FE mesh is generated automatically and all the different components such as bolts and welds are included in the analytical model.
For a fuller explanation of Advance Design Connection’s 3D simulation process please see below
The model is composed of steel plates which is used to model both steel members and stiffening elements. The original shape and dimensions of the plate are kept, and each plate is meshed independently as shell elements that are connected through welds and bolts, which are modeled separately.
The size of each mesh element is optimized by the software depending on the complexity and the size of the plate. However, user can impose maximum and minimum mesh size to optimize the calculation time.
There is no restriction on the number of connections allowed within the joint to be analyzed and designed in Advance Design Connection. The user also has complete freedom over the geometry of the joint therefore, the software enables complete freedom in the design process transferring the limitations of the joint back to project requirements and fabrication processes.
Click on the image below for some typical examples of complex joints.
Advance Design Connection Loading
Advanced Design Connection can handle any loading situation. Forces, imported from Advance Design or applied by the user are taken into consideration in a 3D global analysis with interactions between each individual member and their respective connections accounted for at all times giving the user piece of mind in the strength and stability of their design.
Reports are made easy with Advance Design Connection, with three options ranging from a single line, a simplified report limited to one page and a detailed report containing all relevant and referenced CISC and AISC code checks the user can handle this often strenuous and repetitive task in seconds.
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Click below for more information or a trial of Advance Connection, or to explore more tools for structural workflows visit our Structural analysis and design software for engineering page