Advance Design – Steel DesignWhen it comes to modeling, analyzing and optimizing steel structures, Advance Design is a high-end solution that integrates all these processes within the same modern and easy-to-use interface. The precise and intuitive steelwork functions are the result of over 25 years of experience in structural analysis.
Implementation of Eurocodes 3The Steel Design Expert performs an advanced analysis and optimization of steel elements according to the selected standards. The available steelwork standards are CM66 (France) and Eurocodes 3 with several national appendixes:
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
Complete libraries of materials and cross sections
Advance Design provides complete libraries of materials (e. g., EN 10025-2, EN 10210-1, EN 10219-1) according to chapter 3 of EN 1993-1-1 and the possibility to define materials with custom properties.
For cross sections, libraries such as European Profiles, Otua, UK Steel Sections and Advance Steel Profiles are available. Also, you have the option to define libraries with customized cross-sections and even compound cross sections.
For advanced editing, visualization and calculation of geometrical characteristics of any type of cross section, Advance Design provides a specialized module: Cross Sections.
This module can base the calculation (including torsionnal inertias and shear reduced sections) either on analytical formulas or on finite element analysis depending on the complexity of the cross section.
Advanced modelingA large number of CAD functions are available for the easy modeling of steel structures. In addition, it is possible to automatically create trusses, portal frames and vaults which are available in Advance Design libraries. Using the corresponding structure generator, you can define the origin and the dimensions of the structure, the material and cross section of the elements, etc.
Complete customization of steel elements properties
The properties list for steel elements includes all the required parameters for deflection, buckling and lateral-torsional buckling verification. Castellated beams can be defined and designed with the ACB+ module (Arcelor Cellular Beams).
Detailed calculation assumptions
The calculation assumptions referring to the steel elements attributes can be defined for each element or selection of elements, using the corresponding element(s) properties list.
For a fast definition of the steel elements properties, you can define design templates that can be applied on a selection of elements. Several design templates can be used in the same model. The design templates can be saved as XML files and imported in different projects.
The calculation assumptions referring to the calculation type, the steel optimization, the buckling parameters, the calculation sequences, etc. can be globally defined through a single operation, for all steel elements of the model:
Defining design templates
Defining the steel calculation assumptions
The design assumptions can be modified at any time, in the modeling step and in the analysis step (when modifying the assumptions during the analysis step, it is necessary to rerun the steel calculation).
Accurate steel verification
Steel elements stability results (Work ratio)
The steel expert performs the steel verification, including the automatic buckling length computation and the automatic classification of cross sections according to Eurocodes 3. It provides access to results concerning the deflections verification, the cross section resistance, the element stability (buckling and lateral-torsional buckling) and the optimization of the steel shapes.
The command line informs about each step of the process. If errors are found during the calculation, the verification messages are displayed on the command line along with the IDs of the elements to which the messages refer.
When the calculation process is completed, you have access to advanced result verification and a multitude of tools for customizing the display of the graphic results in the most suitable way.
Reliable fire verificationAdvance Design can perform the fire verification of steel elements according to §4.2 (simplified method) of EN 1993-1-2 as fire resistance (§4.2.3) and critical temperature (§4.2.4).
The software compares efforts given by frequent combinations with the maximum effort the element can handle at a given temperature.
The definition of the fire verification conditions is a fast and easy process. You only have to:
⇒ Specify the fire exposure period:
⇒ Select the number of faces exposed to fire
When the calculation is completed, the work ratios given by the fire verification are displayed on a specific tab of the shape sheet.
Maximize the efficiency of the materials consumptionThe optimization process offers solutions for an efficient management of the materials consumption.
You have full control of the optimization conditions: you can define the optimization mode, the suggestions process, the iteration process, etc.
The Stored shapes command allows you to configure the list of available shapes from which the steel expert may choose the optimal ones.
The steel expert compares the work ratio of the steel elements and suggests (if necessary) more adequate cross sections, that would correspond to the defined conditions.
For better visualization, the elements with a higher / lower work ratio than specified are displayed in red.
Suggested solutions for cross section optimization of steel elements
Advanced calculation reports
The shape sheets command allows you to view all the available results for a selected steel element: cross section properties, deflections, strength, stability, fire resistance and cross section class according to Eurocodes 3 in one dialog box.
You can generate a report with these results starting from the element's shape sheet. This result is complete with all verifications and also mentions the corresponding article in the Norm.
The steel verification report offers a complete diagnosis of the model in different outputs: tables, texts, graphical post-processing. The report can be customized to suit your requirements.
Automatic update of the calculation reports
Once the report content has been defined, there is no need to recreate the calculation report when the model undergoes any modification. The report content, including post-processing views, automatically updates at each calculation iteration (if specified) while preserving all the settings previously made:
Enabling the reports update when launching a new analysis model
More info in FAQ section
How is the fire verification for steel linear elements performed?
What is the significance of the torsor results?
How can timber sections be optimized?
How can different types of calculation reports be generated in Advance Design Steel Connection?
What are the load combinations exported from Advance Design to the Advance Design Steel Connection module for joint calculations?
How is the global real reinforcement defined in a planar element for cracking control?
How can the user modify joint support beams properties in Advance Design Steel Connection?
What is the Advance Design Steel Connection module and how can be used?
How are templates for element properties created?
How are clipped results displayed?
How is the tension state of a linear element displayed?
What are the roles to form the bolt row groups for the EC3 verifications for the bolted connections?
How are load combinations generated with a concomitance matrix?
How are newly created loads / connections named depending on the element to which they belong?
How are loads created in a faster way on linear / planar elements?
How are the envelopes of loadings managed ?
How are families of envelopes defined in the descriptive model managed?
How are wind loads automatically generated?
What are the representations of the areas of longitudinal reinforcement?
How is a seismic calculation performed using an elastic spectrum or a design spectrum?
How is a structure with cables designed ?
How is a nonlinear analysis created?
What is the output convention for planar element internal stresses?
How are ordinary tensioned bolts verified using the new Advance Design Steel Connections module?
How are semi rigid connections on linear elements created?
How are geometry elements used for modifying a mesh?
How are the general mesh options used?
How is the mesh on linear elements modified?
How are column heads automatically created?
How are torsors on a walls group displayed in a user-defined coordinate system?
How is the drift of a multistory structure automatically verified?
How is a slab with hinged boundary designed?
How is a tube to tube intersection modeled?
How are coffered ceilings designed?
How is GRAITEC Revit Link installed?
How is the section optimization wizard configured?
How is a beam to wall connection designed?
How are steel joints calculated using the new Advance Design Steel Connections module?
How can I reduce the amount of memory required by the calculation?
How can we organize the structural elements in Systems and Subsystems?
How is the calculation on steps option used?
How are the post-processing views used?
How is the direction of the seismic load defined?
How is an imposed displacement load designed?
How are the results at the foundation level displayed?
How is a steel joint defined and calculated?
How is the bending rigid structure option used?
How is the 'Rules definition' command used?
How are wall boundary elements modeled?
How are the deflections of structural elements displayed?
How are the interaction curves for column verification used according to Eurocode 2?
How is a user-defined section designed using the calculation program?
How is a dynamic load defined?
How can a Dynamic Reinforcement be exported from Advance Design to Advance Concrete and how can a new Dynamic reinforcement solution be added in Advance Design?
How can a Dynamic rebar solution be applied and modified in Advance Design?
How is a coupling beam modeled?
How is a temperature variation load modeled?
How are result curves used?
How is an elastic linear support modeled?
How is an eccentric compression force for a column modeled?
How are wind loads generated on a billboard according to Eurocode 1?
How are the mass and rigidity center coordinates automatically obtained for each level of a structure?
How is the system tree imported / exported?
How are modal analysis hypotheses defined?
How is the rigid diaphragm behavior of slabs simulated?
How is the BIM transfer between Advance Design and Advance Steel done?
How does the BIM work between Advance Concrete and Advance Design ?
How are user sections automatically optimized ?
How can I create haunches for steel beams ?
How can I quickly create supports at the building's ground level?
How is a truss modeled in Advance Design?
How do I export from Advance Design to Advance Steel?
In what coordinate system can the Advance Design results be expressed?
How do I use the new functions 'Subdivide' and 'Allowed deformation' on the 'CAD Modifications' toolbar?
How are the symmetry modes used in Advance Design?
How is the structure managed in the Advance Design Pilot?
How is a contour converted into a planar element?
More info in forum section
I am doing the tutorials. tutorial 1.
Displaying the moments diagrams I get the local diagram for each element. See the picture attached.
I understand it must be a setting I don´t find. The configuration is set to global coordinate
display of FEM analysis diagrams
Section properties - user section
Where can I get structural tees in the section properties?
Efforts on point supports
Help with cable modeling