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GRAITEC Advance Design newsletter June 2012
June 2012
Welcome to the GRAITEC ADVANCE DESIGN newsletter.

In this issue, we cover:

 
Advance Design Key features

Developed with the benefit of GRAITEC's 25 years of experience in structural analysis, Advance Design® is specifically dedicated to structural engineers who require a professional and easy-to-use solution for simulating and optimizing all their projects. Advance Design® includes a user-friendly structural modeler, automatic load and combination generators, a powerful FEM analysis engine (static, dynamic, time history, non linear, buckling, large displacement analysis, etc.), comprehensive wizards for designing concrete and steel members, and efficient result post-processing and automatic report generators. It automatically updates all reports, including graphical results, when modifications are made to the model. Advance Design® implements the latest European standards (Eurocode 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8).

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Advance Design 2012 is released!

The new 2012 release of Advance Design is available.

Advance Design 2012 is released!          Advance Design 2012 is released!

Advance Design 2012: New functions for quicker modeling Version 2012 includes further integration of Eurocodes with the inclusion of more detailed aspects of the codes, new finite element functionality and further performance optimization.

Among a long list of new features, a few are:

Advance Design 2012: Detailed reports for concrete, steel and timber design
  New functions for quicker modeling
  New command line functions
  New options for the automatic 3D climatic generator
    (according to EN1991).
  Several new National Appendices for Eurocodes Design.
  Timber design according to EN1995-1-1 and EN1995-1-2.
  New post-processing tools: finite element results clipping,
    new dialog box for stresses on section, new options for
    main forces display, etc.
  EC2: concrete design taking into account the applied reinforcement on columns, beams
    and plates.
  Detailed reports for concrete, steel and timber design.
  Quality assurance: automatic testing system and automatic crash handler.

  Click here to download the "What's new in Advance Design 2012" technical sheet
 
 
Webinar: "Discover Advance Design 2012" in 30 minutes, scheduled for June 13th, 2012

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Focus on Eurocode 5 for timber design

Advance Design 2012: Focus on Eurocode 5 for timber design Advance Design 2012 is able to perform a timber design calculation according to Eurocode 5 (including French, UK, Romanian, German and Czech national appendices).
Advance Design 2012: Focus on Eurocode 5 for timber design

The property list of linear elements has been updated and includes parameters such as Service class and Humidity percentage and all the required fields for deflection checks on timber elements.


Based on the user's design assumptions, Advance Design is able to optimize the timber member's sections and provide the best economical solution, including fire effects (according EN1995-1-2).


The user can access the Timber Design results, either through CAD or through detailed reports.

Advance Design 2012: access the Timber Design results, either through CAD or through detailed reports
With Advance Design, the user can handle multi-materials projects (including member design) within the same application.

Advance Design 2012: handle multi-materials projects within the same application
 
 
Advance Design Q1 2012 Results

After a very successful 2011, the 2012 first quarter exceeds expectations from both a turnover and margin perspective.

The GRAITEC Advance suite has achieved during Q1 2012 an amazing growth of +43% compared to 2011: "This is a great performance that demonstrates the growth capacity of GRAITEC solutions but also their ad equation to the market and customer needs but also more generally speaking to the BIM requests" comments Alexandre Tartas, GRAITEC COO.

Going more into the details regarding Advance Design sales, Advance Design continues to benefit from a high adoption rate especially on the French market (23% over expectations) that recognizes GRAITEC provides the very best structural analysis solution for this market. "The quality of the solution provided such as the comprehensive international codes and the service provided by GRAITEC have highly contributed to the great Q1 result for Advance Design with 45% growth", says Alexandre Tartas.

Advance Steel: BIM software for structural steel engineering, detailing and fabrication      Advance Design: BIM software for FEM structural analysis including international eurocodes      Advance Concrete: BIM software for structural concrete engineering, detailing and fabrication

 
 
Tip of the month – EC3 connection design

When a bolted joint is verified according to the Eurocode 3 standard, the Equivalent T-stub method is used, and according to this method the bolts must be verified as individual rows and as bolt row groups.

To illustrate this, we will use a Flange haunch joint similar to the one displayed in the figure.
What are the roles to form the bolt row groups for the EC3 verifications for the bolted connections?
The joint will be affected by a positive moment as in the figure. The moment orientation will determine the position of the connection rotation center and the bolt row numbering. The bolt row numbering will start with the most onerous one, this being the bolt row farthest from the connection rotation center.

According to Eurocode 3, EN 1993-1-8-2003 (§ 6.2.6.4.2 (3)), the bolt row groups, either side of the stiffener, should be modeled as separate T-stub flanges. The design resistance and failure mode should be determined separately for each equivalent T-stub.

The bolt row groups will be formed and verified for the beam end plate and for the column flange.

The beam end plate bolt row groups can be different from the column flange bolt row groups, depending of the presence and positions of the stiffeners inside the connection. The beam bottom flange will be considered a stiffener for the beam-haunch assembly; therefore there will be no bolt row group that will contain bolt rows both sides of it.

What are the roles to form the bolt row groups for the EC3 verifications for the bolted connections?

The Advance Design Steel Connection report will contain only the bolt row groups that are verified for both or at least one of the two elements: the beam end plate and column flange.

The bolt row groups included in the Advance Design Steel Connection report for a connection similar to the one presented, and the corresponding verification are represented in the following table:

The bolt row groups that cannot be generated for any of the two elements will not be generated or displayed in the report.

The verifications for the first two bolt row groups, 1-2 and 2-3, are shown as they are presented in the Advance Design Steel Connection report:

What are the roles to form the bolt row groups for the EC3 verifications for the bolted connections?

 
 
Project of the month

Jean BOUIN Stadium
CTE Strasbourg
Entzheim, France


Project description:

The Jean BOUIN Stadium is a 20000 seater stadium, home to the Stade Français rugby team. More specifically, it hosts the Stade Français office, various sports facilities, reception halls, boxes and shops.

Advance Design Project: Jean BOUIN Stadium        Advance Design Project: Jean BOUIN Stadium


Main challenges of the project:

  The control of the strain bracing is complex, with strain ground pressure in the infrastructure (5 blocks separated by expansion joints), and wind strain in the superstructure (3 blocks separated by expansion joints). The tilted north side also produces strains in the bracing system. Finally, the bracing is provided by shear walls in the basement and by shear walls and the portal frames in the superstructure bearing in mind the necessity to manage the interface between steel framework and concrete stand.
  Stands are organized on several levels and are covered by an ultra high performance fiber concrete net (BFUHP).
  The roofing is supported by a steel framework canopy.
  The North stand, to a large extent, is based on an infrastructure, with 3 levels of basement (up to 10m of depth) which goes well beyond the stand area.
  The structure is based on piles, peripheral walls in the infrastructure are "Parisian walls" (piles + thrown concrete) and the last basement is tanked.

Advance Design Project: Jean BOUIN Stadium        Advance Design Project: Jean BOUIN Stadium


Advance Design solution:

  The conception of a 3D finite element model makes it possible to tacklesome of the project difficulties. In addition to the "traditional" calculation method, it allows the taking into consideration of the strain of bracing in the calculations, which remains difficult to integrate by other methods, given the complexity of the project.
  The relative stiffness between hanging frames and walls make allowances for the strain spreading of these elements.
  Simplification of the interface steel framework/stand concrete due to a more complete modeling from the beginning of the project. The structure has been modeled with precision and speed thanks to imported dxf files. Wind loads have been analyzed in a wind tunnel study and the lists of values from the study have been imported as text files from Excel


Main benefits for the user:

  Project optimization
  Formal productivity savings

"For a project as big and complex as the Jean Bouin Stadium, with interfaces between different materials and numerous loadcases, a global 3D finite element model becomes virtually essential for facingtime constraints and optimization. Advance Design places itself as an ergonomic and reliable tool from the modeling to the results post-processing step." Mr Laurent Mahé, Civil engineer - CTE Strasbourg
 
 
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GRAITEC Advantage is available to all GRAITEC customers along with a brand new online forum!

We would encourage all our users to make the most of GRAITEC online services to network with other users. Contact the GRAITEC technical team to send us your ideas for future development and feedback on our software!
 
 
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Take advantage of our free marketing services and get your Advance Design projects published online in our reference section or included in our worldwide corporate and product brochures for free. Or contact us to create a detailed "case study" for a more focused marketing opportunity – this is also free!

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