Since the first introduction in the UK in 2015, IDEA StatiCa has transformed the way that Steel Fabricators design steel connections, especially those who are involved in large and complex structures. Through our support services we had the opportunity to
Welds and bolts are the most difficult elements in the design of steel connections. Excel spreadsheets very often simplify their calculation. Modeling them in general FEM programs is complicated because these programs do not offer the predefined sets of elements.
We believe that verification and validation of our calculation methods are crucial parts for further software development. Therefore, comparing results provided by IDEA StatiCa with real tests provides irreplaceable feedback. Thanks to the close cooperation with the University of Technology
At IDEA StatiCa, we don’t simply improve the structural design methods, we reinvent them! Our IDEA StatiCa Detail application is able to analyze and design any concrete discontinuity region using the new method CSFM (Continuous Stress Field Method) that eliminates the shortcomings and simplifications of the strut and tie analogy.
In this article, we are presenting a case study of IDEA StatiCa RCS through a real project from one of our customers, which although relatively small-scaled, presents the designer with several challenges that make the calculation of internal forces complex, with the biggest one being the curved concrete walls. The design of such elements usually involves a lot of assumptions, engineering judgment, and a combination of hand calculations with dedicated software that would still not provide complete insight and code compliance.
Since the first launch of IDEA StatiCa 4 years ago, it became very clear that this new technology was about to revolutionize the way that structural engineers design steel connections, since it was (and is) the only software in the world that provides total freedom in the topology and loading of the joint.