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Structural analysis workflow in Tekla Structures

Added April 1, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2016

Structural analysis workflow in Tekla Structures

Structural analysis workflow in Tekla Structures

Here is one example of the steps you may need to take when you analyze structures using Tekla Structures. Depending on your project, some of the steps may not be needed, some may be repeated or carried out in a different order.

Before you start, create the main load-bearing parts that you need to analyze. There is no need to detail or create connections at this stage. If you have a detailed model, or more parts in the physical modelstructural model with a direct or indirect counterpart in the structure to be built

than you need to analyze, you can exclude these parts from the analysis.

To carry out a structural analysis in Tekla Structures :

  1. Set the load modeling code.

  2. Create load groups.

  3. Create loads.

  4. Define the basic analysis model properties.

  5. If you do not want to create an analysis modelstructural model that is created from a physical model and used on the one hand for analyzing structural behavior and load bearing, and on the other hand for design

    Analysis model can be viewed in Tekla Structures in a model view.

    Analysis model that is made with Tekla Structures can be worked on in other analysis and design software or application.

    of the entire physical and load models, define which objects to include in the analysis model.

  6. Select the analysis application.

  7. Create a new analysis model using the default analysis model propertiessettings that are defined by giving values to the properties associated with an analysis model

    Analysis model settings can be defined in the physical model or in the analysis model.

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  8. Check the analysis model and analysis parts in a Tekla Structures model viewview that is represented in the modeling mode

    Model view is available also in the drawing mode and it is represented in its own window.

    .

  9. Export the analysis model to the analysis applicationpart of Tekla Structures functionality that is developed in order to extend the capability of Tekla Structures but that is not included in the Tekla Structures installation

    so as to run a test in the analysis application.

  10. If needed, modify the analysis model or analysis parts or their properties. For example, you can:

    • Define the support conditions for analysis parts, and for connections if you have them.

    • Define other analysis properties for individual analysis parts.

    • Define design propertiesproperties that concern physical part design

      Design properties vary depending on the analysis application that is used.

      Design properties may be applied to the entire model or to individual objects.

      For example, buckling length is a design property.

      .

    • Add , move, and merge analysis nodes.

    • Create rigid links.

    • Add or remove parts and/or loads.

  11. If needed, create alternative or sub-analysis models.

  12. Create load combinations.

  13. Export the analysis model to the analysis application and run the analysis.

  14. If needed, add special loads and other required settings in the analysis application.

  15. If needed, use the analysis application to postprocess the analysis model or analysis resultsresults that concern forces and stresses and that an analysis application generates after it has run a structural analysis on an analysis model

    Analysis results are stored in Tekla Structures in an analysis results database.

    . For example, you can change part profiles.

  16. Import the analysis results to Tekla Structures , examine them, and use them, for example, in connection design.

  17. If the analysis results required changes in part profiles, import the changes to Tekla Structures.

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