Once the analysis model has been created and the structure has been meshed, the model is now prepared for the finite elements calculation. Before proceeding with the finite element calculation, it is beneficial to configure some useful settings to optimize the calculation speed and disk space.
To access these settings, simply follow these user-friendly steps:
From the menu, go to Options > Application. This will open the Options - Application dialog box. In this dialog box, navigate to the Results tab and make the necessary modifications to optimize the calculation speed and the disk space.
To facilitate the calculation process for complex models comprising several analyses, you have the option to split the finite calculation process into several iterations using the Calculation on steps command. This function enables you to view results and modify parameters after each iteration, specifically for the desired analyses.
Below you can find the various methods to access the command:
From the Ribbon: Navigate to the Analysis tab, locate the Analysis Model panel and click on the Calculation command to launch the calculation.
From the Ribbon: Go to the Results tab and select the Calculation command.
From the Project Browser: While in Analysis mode, either click on the relevant icon or right-click on Analyses and select Calculate from the context menu:
Finite elements calculation
From the Calculation sequence dialog box: Select the Create a new analysis model option, then check the box for Finite elements calculation.
After selecting the command you can move further to explore the essential steps on how to precisely define the analyses you want to conduct in your structural model and to discover a straightforward approach to calculate your structural model in Advance Design.
All analyses are displayed in the Project Browser in Analysis mode, under Analyses. Each analysis has a context menu allowing you to perform the following actions:
To exclude specific analyses from the calculation, select them in the Project Browser, right-click and choose Do not calculate from the context menu. These analyses will be ignored during the calculation process.
In the Project Browser, you can identify calculated analyses with a "check" symbol, while non-calculated ones are marked with a "cross" symbol.
If you wish to include an ignored analysis in the calculation, simply right-click on it in the Project Browser and uncheck the Do not calculate option from the context menu.
Analyses to be calculated
To initiate the model calculation, follow these steps:
1. Access the command using one of the methods mentioned earlier.
2. The status bar will display the progression of each calculation process.
3. The command line will provide details of the current calculated process.
4. If needed, you can stop the calculation by pressing the Cancel button on the status bar.
5. Wait a few moments while the calculation is performed. Once completed, the command line will display Calculation finished, and you can proceed to the post-processing step to view the calculation results.
Calculation in progress
6. If you wish to recalculate the model, simply relaunch the calculation command. A dialog box will appear, giving you options to select the actions you want to perform:
Relaunching the calculation command
Note: When selecting actions in the calculation dialog box, remember that each action operates independently. This means that only the actions you specifically choose will be performed. For instance, if you wish to perform the Reinforced concrete calculation without re-running the Finite elements calculation, simply enable the corresponding option and click OK to initiate the calculation process.
This flexibility allows you to tailor the analysis precisely to your needs, saving valuable time and resources.