Ben Floan

Beam Structures & Joint Control

Discussion created by Ben Floan on Jul 30, 2008
Latest reply on Aug 1, 2008 by Adam Sandler
I was hoping to be able to model a simple beam structure such that I could approximate member forces in gusset supports as well as reaction forces of the ground connection.

I defined a custom profile of cross section and created structural members along defined path which was devised for placement of loading.

My main complaint is lack of control over beam joint location and neutral axis.

Am I missing something simple since I have used other codes where it is possible to define wireframe sketch and assign I/A values to the beam element.

Notice the two attached pictures with primary difference being the sketch used to define the path of structural elements.

Thanks for the help,