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1:Introduction
The Microstran Window
THE MICROSTRAN WINDOW
Toolbars
Context Menus
User-Friendly Features
Input Methods
Modelling the Structure
Loading
Display of Results
Reporting
Design and Detailing
Program Capacity
Computer Requirements
What’s New in Version 8?
Graphical User Interface
Modelling
Reports / Output
Steel Design
Web Update
2:Getting Started
Installing Microstran
Hardware Lock
Folders
How to Make a Shortcut on the Desktop
Launch with Double-Click
Configuration
Right-Clicking Away from Any Node or Member
Sets
Shortcut Keys
Printing in Microstran
Print and Print Preview Commands
The Windows Print Dialog Box
The Page Setup Dialog Box
Configurable User Graphic
Steel Section Libraries
Data from Earlier Versions
Technical Support
Tutorials & Examples
3:Menus & Toolbars
Layout
File Menu Commands
View Menu Commands
Structure Menu Commands
Loads Menu Commands
Analyse Menu Commands
Results Menu Commands
Reports Menu Commands
Show Menu Commands
Query Menu Commands
Design Menu Commands
Window Menu Commands
Help Menu Commands
Main Toolbar Commands
View Toolbar Commands
Display Toolbar Commands
Help Toolbar Commands
Draw Toolbar Commands
Attributes Toolbar Commands
Load Input Toolbar Commands
Results Toolbar Commands
Steel Design Toolbar Commands
OK/Cancel Toolbar Commands
Extra Buttons Toolbar Commands
Selecting Which Toolbars Are Displayed
Customizing Toolbars
The Ouput Window
4:Structural Modelling
Coordinate Systems
Sign Conventions
Numbering Sequences
Node Restraints & Member Releases
Haunches
Coupled Shear Walls
COUPLED SHEAR WALLS
Concrete Slabs
Multi-storey Concrete Buildings
Instability & Ill-Conditioning
Insufficient Support
INSUFFICIENT SUPPORT
Zero Stiffness at Node
Mechanism Instability
Units
Structure Type
Node Coordinates
Member Definition
Fixed Supports (Node Restraints)
Spring Supports
Selection from Library
SECTION FROM LIBRARY
Shape Input
Property Value Input
Material Properties
Node Mass
Rigid Member Offsets
RIGID MEMBER OFFSETS
Semi-Rigid Connections
Master-Slave Constraints
Tension-Only & Compression-Only Members
Cable Members
Gap & Fuse Members
Load Case Titles (CASE)
Acceleration Loads (GRAV)
Node Loads (NDLD)
Member Loads (MBLD)
Member Load Example
MEMBER LOAD EXAMPLES
Member Distortions (DIST)
Node Temperatures (TEMP)
NODE TEMPERATURES
Member Temperatures (MTMP)
Prescribed Node Displacements (NDIS)
Floor Loading
Combination Load Cases (COMB)
6:Graphics Input
GRAPHICS INPUT
Undo / Redo
The Command Assistant
THE COMMAND ASSISTANT
Basic Drawing
The Drawing Snap Mode
The Drawing Plane
Automatic Removal of Duplicate Nodes and Members
Extrusion
Interrupting Commands
The Curve Command
The Stretch Command
The Limit Command
Load Input
Load Case Titles
Selecting the Input Load Case
Combinations Load Cases
7:Table Input
How To Use Tables
Structure Entities
Nodes
Fixed Supports
Members
Member Types
Section Properties
Load Case Input
Load Types
Node Loads
Member Loads
8:Standard Structures Input
STANDARD STRUCTURES INPUT
What SSI Does
Single Bay & Multi-bay Portal Frames
Trussed Rafter Portal Frame
TRUSSED RAFTER PORTAL FRAME
Sub-frame
SUB-FRAME
Grillage
GRILLAGE
2-D Frame
2-D FRAME
3-D Frame
3-D FRAME
Trestle
Geodesic Dome
GEODESIC DOME
9:Archive File Input
Parameter Block
Title Statements
Designer’s Notes Group
Units Statement
Structure Type Statement
Vertical Axis Statement
Structure Block
Node Coordinates Group
Spring Supports Group
Master-Slave Constraints Group
Member Group
Member Type Group
Member Modification Group
Sections Properties Group
Materials Group
Node Mass Group
Load Block
Case Statement
Acceleration Group
Node Loads Group
Member Loads Group
Node Temperatures Group
Member Temperatures Group
Prescribed Displacements Group
Combination Load Case Group
END Statement
Design Block
Design Data Statement
Steel Design Group
Reinforced Concrete Design Group
Set Block
Archive File Example
10:Macro Language Input
Supports Group
Member Incidences Group
Member Types Group
Reference Node/Axis Group
Member Releases Group
Member Properties Group
MLI Errors
MLI Example
11:Moving Load Generator
Example
Moving Loads – Beams
Load Types – Beams
Offset Load Cases – Beams
Example – BBL File
Moving Loads – Grillages
Lane Definition
LANE DEFINITION
Area Definition
Load Cases – Grillages
Load Types – Grillages
Offset Load Cases – Grillages
Distribution of Loads to Grillage
Example – HBL File
12:Input Tutorials
Tutorial 1 – Running an Existing Job
Tutorial 2 – Running a New Job
Tutorial 3 – A 3-D Example
TUTORIAL 3 – A 3-D EXAMPLE
13:CAD Interface
Importing a CAD DXF
Exporting a CAD DXF
Windows Clipboard Operations
14:Analysis
Method
Consistency Check
Accuracy
Condition Number
Residuals
Linear Elastic Analysis
Non-Linear Analysis
Second-Order Effects
Running a Non-Linear Analysis
Instability
Troubleshooting Non-Linear Analysis
Elastic Critical Load Analysis
Selecting Load Cases for ECL Analysis
SELECTING LOAD CASES FOR ECL ANALYSIS
Analysis Control Parameters
Dynamic Analysis
Dynamic Modes
Dynamic Analysis Example
Response Spectrum Analysis
Running a Response Spectrum Analysis
Response Spectrum Curves
Errors
15:Reports
Input/Analysis Report Options
INPUT/ANALYSIS REPORT OPTIONS
Limiting the Scope of the Report
Report Contents
Title Page
Structure Data
Applied Loads
Node Displacement Table
Member Force Tables
Reactions Table
Residuals Table
Effective Lengths Table
Design Report Options
STEEL DESIGN REPORT OPTIONS
Exporting Results
Member Forces File
Node Displacements File
Reactions File
16:Steel Design
Section Library
Analysis
Initializing Design Members
DESIGN > INITIALIZE DESIGN MEMBERS
Design Data
Graphical Display of Restraint Data
Selecting Design Load Cases
The Design Process
Updating Sections
UPDATING SECTIONS
Computations
Obtaining Design Results
Steel Detailing
General
Limitations
Section Axes
SECTION AXES
Default Values
Designing Columns
Designing Beams
Column Design Computations
For AS 3600:
For BS 8110:
Beam Design Computations
RC Design Example
Reinforced Concrete Detailing Option
CAD Drawing Defaults
The Header DXF
Detailing Features
Detailing Example
Example 1 – Continuous Beam
EXAMPLE 1 – CONTINUOUS BEAM
Example 2 – Portal Frame
EXAMPLE 2 – PORTAL FRAME
Example 3 – Space Truss
EXAMPLE 3 – SPACE TRUSS
Example 4 – Non-Linear Analysis
EXAMPLE 4 – NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS
Example 5 – Elastic Critical Load Analysis
EXAMPLE 5 ELASTIC CRITICAL LOAD ANALYSIS
Example 6 – Dynamic Analysis
EXAMPLE 6 – DYNAMIC ANALYSIS
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