IDEA StatiCa Steel

Application IDEA StatiCa Connection can design all types of welded or bolted connections, base plates, footing and anchoring. It provides precise checks, results of strength, stiffness and buckling analysis of a steel joint. Bolts, welds and concrete blocks are checked according to EN/AISC/CISC/AU/SP 16. Templates for most-used connections are available as well as wide range of predefined hot rolled and sheet welded members.

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No limits in how many connections there are in the joint and how they are put together. Shape is defined by project requirements, not by software capabilities.


All forces are analyzed. The overall check of the joint takes into account interactions between all the beams and connections. Engineers stay on the safe side all the time.


The whole design and check process is kept short enough to be a part of everyday work of structural engineers and fabricators all around the world.

IDEA StatiCa Connection provides

Overall check

According to various national design codes

Stress/strain analysis

FE model of steel joint is composed automatically

Stiffness analysis

Rotational or transversal stiffness of any connection

Member capacity design

Seismic check of non-dissipative connections

Buckling analysis

Local buckling effects and critical load factors

Design joint resistance

Maximal possible loads, reserve in joint capacity

Any topology – manufacturing operations

Any topology – manufacturing operations

Base plate – N, My, Mz

3D loaded joint

End plate – My, Mz, Vy, Vz

3D simulation of a steel joint

Steel joint is composed of plates, welds, bolts, contacts and can be anchored into concrete blocks. FEA model is generated automatically.

Model is composed of steel plates – both parts of steel members and stiffening plates. Real shape of plates is kept. Each plate is meshed independently. Equivalent strain is checked.

Welds are modeled as constrains between plates. Forces in each weld are evaluated. Stress in weld is checked according to all supported codes.

Contacts appear in places where two plates are in touch. They take 100% of the pressure but do not act in tension at all.

Bolts are nonlinear springs taking tension and shear.

Steel structure can be anchored into concrete block. Base plate is in contact with concrete. Tension is taken by anchors, shear by bolts, friction or shear iron.

Designed by IDEA StatiCa Connection

IDEA StatiCa Member

IDEA StatiCa 10.1 brings a BETA version of a brand new appliaction IDEA StatiCa Member for structural analysis and design of steel members (beams, columns, diagonals, etc.) to demonstrate the calculation possibilities.

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