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Create a curved steel beam

Last updated September 10, 2019 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2019i

Create a curved steel beam

Create a curved steel beam

  1. On the Steel tab, click Beam > Curved beam.
  2. Pick the start point (1).

  3. Pick a point on the arc (2).
  4. Pick the end point (3).

    Tekla Structures creates the beam between the points you picked, using the Steel beam properties in the property panecontrol element in Tekla Structures user interface in the form of a side pane window

    The property pane can be used to show and modify the properties of model objects.

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    The radius is defined by the points you pick.

Modify curved beam properties

  1. If the property pane is not open, double-click the curved beambeam that follows the form of an arc

    Steel curved beams can be created by picking three points, where a point between the start point and the end point defines the arc. Both steel and concrete curved beams can be created by adjusting radius in beam properties or by using polybeams.

    to open the Steel beam properties.
  2. Change the properties as needed.
  3. Click Modify.

Steel beam properties

Use the Steel beam properties in the property pane to view and modify the properties of a steel beam, steel polybeampart of a certain shape that is created as a continuous chain of beams passing through points that the user picks

The segments of the polybeam are straight, but segment intersections can be curved. For example, a beam that follows a zigzag line is a polybeam.

, or curved beam. To open the properties, double-click the steel beam. The file name extension of a beam property filefile that contains properties or settings in the property pane or a dialog box

Property files are saved in the current model folder. The user can copy property files to the project or firm folders for future use.

User-defined attributes can be stored as a property file.

is *.prt.

If you have customized the property pane layout, the list of properties may be different.

Setting

Description

General

Name

User-definable name of a beam.

Tekla Structures uses part names in reports and in Document manager , and to identify parts of the same type.

Profile

Profile of the beam.

Material

Material of the beam.

Finish

Type of finish.

Finish is user definable. It describes how the part surface has been treated, for example, with anti-corrosive paint, hot galvanized, fire retardant coating, and so on.

Class

Use to group beams.

For example, you can display parts of different classes in different colors.

Numbering series

Part numbering

Part prefix and start number for the part position number.

Assembly numbering

Assembly prefix and start number for the assembly position number.

Position

On plane

Beam's position on the work plane , relative to the beam's reference line.

Rotation

Rotation of the beam around its axis on the work plane.

At depth

Position depth of the beam. The position is always perpendicular to the work plane.

End offset

Dx

Change the length of the beam by moving the beam end point along the beam's reference line.

Dy

Move the beam end perpendicular to the beam's reference line.

Dz

Move the beam end in the z direction of the work plane.

Curved beam

Plane

Plane of curvature.

Radius

Radius of the curved beam.

Number of segments

Number of segments Tekla Structures uses when drawing the curved beam.

Deforming

Warping

Use to warp beams using deformation angles.

Cambering

Use to pre-camber beams.

Shortening

Use to shorten beams in the model. The true length of the beam is decreased in the drawing.

More

UDAs

Click the User-defined attributes button to open the user-defined attributes (UDAs) of the part. UDAs provide additional information about the part.

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