Super Elements

 

In Advance Design you can group slabs, beams or columns into a super element. A Super Element is an element which consists of a set of individual elements. It acts like a group of linear elements (or planar elements), used as a single element for various checks. For the elements to be combined into one super element, they must meet several conditions, including joining at the ends (or edges in the case of planar elements such as walls or slabs), having the same material category, having the same cross-section type and the same orientation (Z axis of the local system facing the same direction).

Each newly created super element has its unique ID number. The ID number of the element can be viewed in the Properties window, Super element section, Identifier brocket. In the List brocket are the IDs of the smaller elements that the super element is made of.

 

Super element properties

Super element Identifier

 

 

The ID number of elements included in a super element does not change; however, in the Project Browser, it is displayed in a different way. The number in the Project Browser consists of numbers separated by a dot in which the first number is the ID number of the super element and the second number is the ID number of each element included in the super element.

Super element display in the Project Browser

Super element display in the Project Browser

 

 

The super element made of steel elements can be used for various checks during the steel design process. The super element made of concrete elements can be used for design calculations in the RC design modules, which will be treated as one continuous element.

But super elements are also useful during everyday work in Advance Design, because according to the default setting of the super elements, when you select any of the components, the whole super element is automatically selected (this setting can be change by using the ALT+E shortcut). This way, any changes to the parameters, design parameters, are made for such as material, thickness, mesh parameters or whole super element.

 

 

How to define a Super element

  1. Select the elements to be included in the super element.

  2. From the Ribbon: Navigate to Objects tab > Super element panel > click on the Create super element icon

 

Super element panel

Super element panel - Objects Ribbon

 

  1. Alternatively, you can access the Graphic area context menu > select Super element > Create

Graphic area context menu

Access the Super element command

from the Graphic area context menu

 

 

How to add more elements to an existing super element

Another useful function is adding more elements to already existing super elements. The only condition for a new element to be included in the super element is that it must match the criteria of the super element.

These are the two methods of adding more elements to the existing super element:

 

  1. First method
  1. Select the existing super element.

  2. In the super element section from the Properties window, in the List brocket click the icon.

Super element list

 

 

  1. Select the element(s) to be included in the super element and press Enter.

  2. Click escape to finish the command.

 

 

  1. Second method
  1. Select all the elements (including the super element) that you want to use for creating one super element.

  2. Click on the Create super element icon from the Ribbon > Objects tab > Super element panel or access the graphic area context menu and select Super element > Create (see above).

 

 

How to delete a super element

Deleting an existing super element means that the super element will be cancelled. The individual elements will not be deleted but will be treated as separate elements.

  1. Select the elements included in the super element.

  2. Click on the Cancel super element icon from the Ribbon > Objects tab > Super element panel or access the graphic area context menu and select Super element > Cancel (see above).

 

 

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