We recently joined forces with the iStructE to develop a new and exciting CPD module, which has been published in the latest May 2021 issue of The Structural Engineer.
What is the CPD module about?
In this 1 hour verifiable CPD module, you will go through an introduction to CBFEM, a method used in IDEA StatiCa to analyse and design connections of steel structures, which is a synergy of the standard approach to connection design (component method) and ﬁnite elements.
CBFEM (www.cbfem.com), which balances modern design requirements by combining advanced numerical methods alongside analytical calculations. In CBFEM, joint design can be generalised by using a ﬁnite element (FE) engine alongside the conventional code checks speciﬁed in the relevant guidance.
The method aims to be used by engineers of any level for the design of any steel connection topology. The overall approach in CBFEM mirrors that of the component method: joints are decomposed into components that are modelled/simulated by utilising equivalent FE formulations, with each element type chosen to overcome the limitations discussed previously. However, a single CBFEM component may correspond to multiple classical components.
Where can I access the CPD module?
If you are an existing iStructE member, simply click on the button below to get started:
In order to claim your full 1 hour of veriﬁable CPD, you will need to complete this online by 30 June 2021.
If you have any further questions about IDEA StatiCa or how things work with CBFEM, please feel welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone from our team will be back in touch with you soon.