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ASCII file description

Last updated September 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017i

ASCII file description

ASCII file description

In an import.asc file each part is described by 8 lines. These lines are repeated for each part to be transferred. Units are always in millimeters, blanks are used as separators.

Below is an example of a beam part description:

Line

Description

Line 1

4169 HEA300 1 = ID profile type

  • ID 4169: Unique ID (integer).

  • PROFILE HEA300: Profile name (string).

  • TYPE 1: Profile type (integer)

The available profile types are:

0 = free cross section (can be used for special profiles which are not in the database)

1 = I profiles

2 = Welded hollow core profiles (HK, HQ)

3 = U profiles

4 = L profiles

5 = Round bars

6 = Round tubes

7 = Rectangular hollow core sections (RHS, P)

8 = T profiles

9 = Rectangular bars (FL, PL)

10 = Z profiles

11 = C profiles

12 = Omega profiles

13 = Sigma profiles

14 = Rail profile

16 = Reinforcement bars (DH)

Line 2

The contents of line 2 depend on the part profile.

  • Polygon plates:

    N_POINTS COORDINATES

    N_POINTS: For profiles of type 0.

    COORDINATES: Number of the corner points (integer).

    The X and Y coordinates of the plate corners (floating). Rotation direction is clockwise. Coordinates follow the global coordinate system. Z coordinates are taken from the center line in the plate thickness direction.

    Note that the line 2 can be divided into several rows in the file.

  • Profiles:

    For profile types 1 - 16 , the line includes the physical dimensions of the cross section.

    HEIGHT S W1 T1 W2 T2: 290.000000 8.500000 300.000000 14.000000 300.000000 14.000000

    • HEIGHT 290.000000 : Height of the cross section

    • S 8.500000 : Web thickness.

    • W1 300.000000 : Width of the upper flange.

    • T1 14.000000 : Thickness of the upper flange.

    • W2 300.000000 : Width of the lower flange.

    • T2 14.000000 : Thickness of the lower flange.

Line 3

A/6 BEAM = mark name

  • MARK A/6: Position mark of the part (string).

  • NAME BEAM: Part name (string).

Line 4

S235JR S235JR = material

Material of the part (string).

Line 5

0.000000 = rotation

Rotation angle (in degrees) around the local x-axis of the beam.

Line 6

16.500000 24000.000000 4855.000000 = X1 Y1 Z1

Coordinates of the beam start point. Z coordinates are center-line coordinates.

Line 7

6000.000000 24000.000000 4855.000000 = X2 Y2 Z2

Coordinates of the beam end point. Z-coordinates are center-line coordinates.

Line 8

16.500000 24000.000000 5855.000000 = X3 Y3 Z3

Direction vector showing the direction of the local z-axis.

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