09 Jul Moment connections with PFC’s
Among other unique advantages, IDEA StatiCa provided a complete solution to a problem that existed for many years: connections that incorporate PFC sections (Parallel Flange Channels – or UPN in Eurocodes).
Although competing software seem to support PFCs for very simple cases like fin plate connections, more difficult cases such as moment resisting connections, or complex geometries, are not covered at all.
Actually, the problem lies deep in the heart of the component method as drafted in EN 1993-1-8 (part for steel connections) as the provided information is mainly towards I sections, leaving other section types in the dark.
IDEA StatiCa, with its unique approach to connection design, allows the design of any cross section with any type of loading, overcoming the limitations of the codes.