Steel connection design – reinvented

A novel way to design and check all steel connections according to the code, in minutes.

IDEA StatiCa Connection

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 EC/AISC. Templates for most-used connections are available as well as wide range of predefined hot rolled and sheet welded members.

ANY TOPOLOGY

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.

ANY LOADING

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.

IN MINUTES

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

Work with data from other programs

IDEA StatiCa Connection

FEA SOFTWARE

Design your joint from scratch or build on geometry and loading imported from Robot, Revit, MIDAS Civil + Gen, STAAD.Pro, SAP 2000, Scia Engineer, RFEM, RSTAB, AxisVM, ConSteel, and others, cutting design time even more

CAD SOFTWARE

Take advantage of integration into Tekla Structures and Advance Steel to provide workshops drawings and support manufacturing process

Improving daily work of engineers

IDEA StatiCa Connection can design steel joints and connections of any topology and loaded in all directions. It keeps the whole analysis-design-check process in minutes. This opens a possibility for structural engineers and fabricators around the world to increase productivity of designing steel joints and connections.

Output report

You can choose from three types of output reports – one line, 1 page and detailed. All checks according to Eurocode or AISC are displayed and referenced

Any topology – manufacturing operations

Any loading – all internal forces from 3D global analysis

3D simulation of a steel joint

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

Model is composed from 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 EN/AISC.

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

New CBFEM method inside changes the game of structural joint design

Together with two top technical universities, we created a new method for analysis and check of steel joints of general shapes and loading. It is called Component-Based Finite element model (CBFEM). After 5 years of primary research and theoretical preparations, the first version of the application was coded in 24 months and released in May 2014.

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