The development of Finite Element Modelling was the biggest development in structural engineering analysis in the past 40 years. While, however, FEM is used a lot for steel structures, there is much less attention paid to its application in the analysis of steel connections. Until now, connections are solved with calculation tools that are based on standard component-based processes, and their functionality is limited to several types of joints.
This seminar, introduces a new and revolutionary method to analyse and design steel connections, called CBFEM (Component Based Finite Element Model). CBFEM was developed by IDEA-RS and academic stuff from the university of Prague (Professor Frantisek Wald – one of the authors of EN1993-1-8), and university of Brno (prof. Miroslav Bajer). An introduction will be also made to IDEA Connection, the first software in the world to implement CBFEM, which provides structural engineers a novel and effective tool to analyse and design steel joints.
CBFEM is based on Finite Elements, which enables a much more detailed analysis of a connection. More important, CBFEM offers the engineer the ability to model and analyse ANY type of connection (not necessarily covered by the codes) but at the same time offers complete Eurocode checks.