Templates for connecting individual members are parametric now. This change makes Single connection templates an even more powerful and efficient design tool. The applied templates can adapt its entities (plate sizes, bolt positions, etc.) so that templates can be applied to various sizes of cross-sections instantly.
All these templates are accessible by right-clicking on one of the members. Thus, we have instant choice parametric templates which can be combined in complex joints made from several connections.
IDEA StatiCa Connection is now capable of performing connection stiffness analysis in torsion.
The torsion rotation dependency on the torque is provided, as well as values of secant rotational stiffness, and torsion resistance moment, etc.
Due to the changes implemented, we can now design platform connections more effectively or deal with the torsional warping effect.
This check is performed automatically before the calculation is launched, to avoid unnecessary analysis of wrong designs.
The stress or strain pallet was moved from its own property window to the right side of the 3D scene. This improves the layout and readability of the results.
Changes in a Code setup option can be saved, and they will be used as a default setting for all new projects. This feature helps speed up typical design examples in engineering practice.
Option Reset will restore the original values.
Australian code can now be selected in the Parameters table in the new connection wizard. All classes, topologies, and designs are available in the Australian code (AU).
Material properties for the AU code was implemented. All materials are available in the material library.
Cross-sections for the AU code are available in the cross-section libraries (UC –universal columns, UB – universal beams, etc.)
Code-check formulas according to the AU code were implemented, and they can be reviewed in the result table and printed in the report.
Until now, we had to calculate the connection exported from TS/AS manually. This meant re-opening a lot of files and manually starting the analysis which leads to a waste of time.
Version 9.1 changes this dramatically:
All the necessary information about the exported projects is available in the Code-check manager which means we can identify members, check the results, and explore the model presentation, etc. This information is printed for all exported items in one dialogue.
We can repeat this several times to optimize the design while making sure that all the data is correctly inputted into both TS/AS and IDEA StatiCa.
Until now, we had to export the connection/beam from FEA applications to a new project every time. This meant designing the connection again.
Version 9.1 changes this dramatically:
All the necessary information about the exported projects is available in the Code-check manager, and we can identify members, check the results, and explore the model presentation, etc. This information is printed for all exported items in one dialogue.
We can repeat this several times to optimize the design while making sure that all the data is correctly inputted into both the FEA application and IDEA StatiCa.
Version 9.1 has a brand-new feature. Merging exported projects from FEA applications into the project exported from a CAD application. Data – all the imported load effects from the FEA application will be loaded into the CAD exported project. Both projects will be linked together, and changes in FEA exported project will automatically make changes in the CAD exported project.
The IDEA StatiCa project Viewer is a free cloud tool designed to allow projects to be viewed by the engineers, manufacturers, and users who don’t have access to the desktop IDEA StatiCa application. All the designed details, parameters, and properties of the connection such as bolts, anchors, welds, properties, and drawings are available. This powerful tool also provides a free 3D dwg export.
In version 9.1, we implemented a new skin for the welcome page and increased the overall stability of the application.
The Viewer can be launched from the IDEA StatiCa application or from our website (connection.ideastatica.com/connectionviewer).
IDEA StatiCa has been pioneering the use of cloud-based calculations for structural engineers. The online version of IDEA StatiCa Connection is called “Connection Lite.” It designs hundreds of predefined connections in a few clicks – just define the topology, edit properties, and get a full report in seconds. Currently running in BETA (connection.ideastatica.com).
Along with the desktop release of 9.1, Connection Lite will be updated as well, i.e., a new cloud version will be implemented into the IDEA StatiCa website.