ENGI 7704 Design of Steel Structures

Computer Analysis of Steel Structures by STAAD
Prepared by Shah Alam

STAAD is a comprehensive structural engineering software that addresses all aspects of structural engineering – analysis, design, verification, and visualization. STAAD performs the analysis and design of the structure for different types of structures, such as trusses, plane, space (3D), floors (2 D plane and but loads are vertical or out of that plane).


STAAD Tutorials
Giving demonstration for how to use the software by showing only the basic steps for static analysis. As STAAD has two main methods of modeling (input editor (script language) and/or through graphical environment). Tutorials will show only graphical methods. Further readings and more information about the program can be found through the internet. For example www.reiworld.com

STAAD Tutorial No.1



The figure above shows a steel truss from several trusses supposed to cover a certain area. As shown, the truss has a cantilever part its span equals 4.0m. The proposed truss depth is 3.0m.The loads as shown, are concentrated at the truss joints. The values of its load case are shown. Use all the data you take in the Steel Course for analysis and design.

Defining design requirements. and post-analysis printout. Building model geometry.Main Steps of Modeling Entering job information.) Defining pre-analysis print out. sections. Defining member properties.. Assigning loads (load cases. combinations. 6 . analysis type.

Pro 2004 program group.Select the STAAD.How to Start the Program? From Start Menu . 7 .Pro icon from the STAAD.

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The STAAD Graphical Environment will be invoked and the following screen will appear: 10 .


Building Model (Structure) Geometry How to Define the Truss Geometry? One of the methods that you can create construction lines and then draw on these lines the truss members.2. 12 . Noting that the number of construction lines is excluding first line.

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16 .Node and beam labels are a way of identifying the entities we have drawn on the screen. and very useful when dealing with the output results.

etc. Support: In which we can define the supports properties (restraints).: In which we can define or choose members’ specifications. load combinations. load cases. Defining member properties. density.) 17 . sections Property: In which we can define or choose sections properties of the members of the truss. (ex. E. Load: In which we can define the applied loads.3. Material In which we can define the material properties. Spec.

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Assigning the sections created to the model 20 .

Supports By clicking on the support icon the shown window will appear. We have to create new kinds of supports. 21 .

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First.4. Defining Loads The creation and assignment of load cases involves the following two steps: 1. Then. we will be creating all 3-load cases. 25 . 2. we will be assigning them to the respective members/nodes.

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5 L.L + 0.L. + 1. we can create a load combination 1.Also. 28 .L.8 W.25 D. For example. we can define load combinations according to required.

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