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Component properties

Added August 31, 2016 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

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Component properties

Component properties

Each component has a dialog box where you can define the properties of the component. You can open the dialog box by double-clicking the component in the Applications & components cataloguser interface for displaying or modifying information in categorized lists

For example, profile catalog and shape catalog are catalogs.


The image below shows a typical example of a steel connection, the Two sided clip angle (143) connection. Concrete and reinforcement component dialog boxes may have different options.

1 In the upper part of the dialog box, you can save and load predefined settings. Some components have buttons for accessing bolts, welds and DSTV properties.

When modifying connections and details, you can select whether Tekla Structures ignores other types of connections and details, or modifies all selected connections and details irrespective of their type. With the modify option, the type of the selected components is changed to match the type of the component you are modifying.

For more information, see Save and load dialog box properties.

2 On the tabs, you can define the properties of the parts and bolts that the component creates. You can enter values manually, use system default values, AutoDefaults values, automatic values, or for some steel connections, the values in the joints.def file.

Manually entered values, AutoDefaults, automatic values and the properties defined in the joints.def file all override the system defaults. System default values are used if you do not manually enter a value or select any other type of property value. You cannot change the system default values.

For more information on joints.def , see Joints.def file.

3 If you select an AutoDefaultsoption, Tekla Structures uses the property defined in the AutoDefaults rules.

The image in the AutoDefaults option is an example and does not necessarily match the outcome in the model.

For more information on AutoDefaults, see AutoDefaults.

4 If you select an automaticoption, Tekla Structures automatically determines which option to use for a property.

For example, when you use the automatic option for the stiffener in End plate (144) , the connection automatically adds the stiffener to a beam-to-column connection, but does not add it to a beam-to-beam connection.

For more information on AutoConnection, see AutoConnection.

5 The parts that are yellow in the component dialog box are created by the component.
6 The parts that are blue in the component dialog box should already exist in the model before you create the component.

Up direction indicates how the connection is rotated around the secondary part, relative to the current work plane. Thesymbol on the Picture tab of the component dialog box indicates the correct up direction.

If there are no secondary parts, Tekla Structures rotates the connection around the main part. The options are: +x, -x, +y, -y, +z, -z.

You can change the default up direction on the General tab of the component dialog box. Try changing the positive directions first.

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