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NDN Software Description
Copyright © 2010 by Martin L. Brown. All rights reserved. May 2010
Fig 1. Screen image of ASU analysis model rendered in NDN.
NDN is a comprehensive FEM software package developed specifically for the Tensile Membrane Engineering Professional. It provides the engineer with everything he needs for the design, and optimization of membrane and steel structural systems. It is a single package that contains model building, analysis, post processing, member sizing, and patterning. It is the most comprehensive software available in the world for the Tensile Membrane industry. It is easy to learn, has a lightning fast matrix solver and video game style graphics that are second to none. The program automatically loads your structure, automatically sizes the steel members, and automatically produces the patterns to any desired fabric width.
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There is a main pull down menu on the upper left side. Beam elements. Screen image in the Model Environment. The element type library is extensive. A full description of these various element types is outlined in the Element Type Library Table on page 10. allowing almost limitless modeling possibilities. and display controls at the lower right. Axial Force elements. shortcut buttons on the upper right side. . Within the Axial and Membrane family there are several varieties bringing the total number of element types to twelve. The program is organized into eight working Environments as listed below. and Membrane elements. It is completely mouse driven but also has keyboard short cuts for all commands.2 NDN Software Description NDN uses a “Windows style” user interface so that it looks familiar to new users and is easy to learn. There are three basic families of elements. main control panel down the right side. environment tabs at the lower left. Each Environment is accessed by its corresponding “tab” located on the edge of the display. • • • • • • • • Set up Model Shape Property Load Analysis Post Pattern Fig 2.
moving. projections. blocks. default properties.3 Setup: The Setup Environment allows the user to define file locations. DXF files etc. Setup Environment. Edit. Fig 3. etc. etc. Adjust. Query. Provides construction tools. etc. Layer. Tools. It is organized into eight different menu areas: • • • • • • • • File. I/O. It contains everything that is required to easily build and manipulate models in 3D. Used to provide information to the user. . copying. For file access. stretching. Build. node by node basis. renumbering. seam styles. etc. distances. Defines and manages the layers. intersections. preferences. fabric type. etc. design parameters. Utilities. Allows adjustment of the model. etc. Model: The Model Environment is the largest part of the system. Used for generation of groups of element meshes. units. etc. mirroring. Contains house keeping algorithms. etc. graphic controls. Reads and writes native data files. quantities. Used for editing the model on an element by element. libraries.
thus allowing endless possibilities. It operates on either the membrane components alone or on the full system as directed by the user. Fig 5. All element types can be actively and simultaneously used during shape generation including beams. Arizona. Shape: The Shape Environment is used to form find the equilibrium shape of the membrane and cable system. etc.4 Fig 4. it can solve for shapes controlled by a defined stress field or a defined force density. Also as directed by the user. Phoenix. ASU structure as installed. geodesics. struts. Shape Environment is used to form find the equilibrium shape of the membrane system. .
Properties can be entered manually or conveniently pulled from libraries.5 Property: The Property Environment is used to define all the detailed properties required for full FEM analysis. Fig 6. snow and live load. Load: The Load Environment is used to generate the load data for the externally applied loads such wind. Wind coefficients are automatically generated in the Load Environment based on model geometry and building code requirements. It contains time saving commands and algorithms for automatic loading of the models. .
Rosa Parks structure installed. It is lightning fast. Rosa Parks Analysis Model. The user can execute the analysis either manually. Fig 8. Michigan. load cases by load case. It has been tested by NASA and shown to actually be the fastest matrix solver available today. It is not limited by bandwidth and uses minimum memory. Fig 7. USA.6 Analysis: The Analysis Environment performs the large deflection FEM analysis based on Stiffness Method. able to solve models with 10. Analysis Environment. .000+ elements in one or two seconds. or automatically run all load cases at once. Detroit. The matrix solver is a highly optimized proprietary sparse solver.
Fig 10. bending moments. . Further. and circular hollow sections using either British. rods. such as deflections. or USA design codes. Australian. it performs structural checks of pipe to pipe welded connections. It also generates custom reports to whatever level of detail is required. It performs automatic member sizing for cables. Screen image of membrane stress displayed in the Post Processor.7 Post: The Post Process Environment allows the user to examine and graphically display analysis results. Member sizes are labeled with both text annotations and a color legend. Fig 9. member forces. Screen image of the beam design area in the Post Processor. etc.
Bolt hole marking can also be automatically transferred onto the patterns at the direction of the user. The output includes the original nodes and worklines from the model. Pattern flattening by geometric triangulation. numerical data. Screen image in the Pattern Environment.8 Pattern: This section performs the membrane patterning. the triangulation used for flattening. . Fig 11. They are mathematically flattened either by geometrical triangulation methods or thru highly accurate minimum energy analysis. curve fit perimeter. Corners are automatically trimmed. are automatically added to the patterns. Fig 12.e. Seam allowances (i. Fig 13. bolt hole layouts. etc. Pattern flattening by minimum energy. adds and subtracts). seam allowances. Patterns can be defined individually by the user or generated automatically to a given fabric width. cut lines. depending on the precision required. Output from the patterning module is in the form of both text files and DXF files. etc.
In addition to the basic pattern and original nodes. 14. index marks. etc.9 Fig. 15. Typical patterning output transferred into AutoCad thru a DXF file. . bolt hole layouts. Appropriate adds and subtracts are then automatically applied to the patterns. match lines. Fig. the data also contains curve fit edges. Seam styles are defined on the 3D model while in NDN. seam allowances (adds and subtracts).
Carries tension only. Strut 1 Elastic . Expands or contracts to maintain constant tension.Carries tension only. Non-elastic. Elastic . Elastic . Elastic . Elastic . Inactive.Carries tension Elastic . moment and torsion.Carries axial force. Elastic . There are twelve element types in all as described below. Non-elastic. . Expands or contracts to maintain constant prestress. Elastic . Geodesic 7 Beam 20 Membrane (Constant Force) 30 Elastic . allowing almost limitless modeling possibilities. Non-elastic.Carries tension or compression.Carries tension only. moment and torsion.Carries tension or compression. Expands or contracts to maintain constant force density.10 Element Type Library: The element type library is extensive.Carries tensile only.Carries axial force. Elastic . or compression. Element Type Library Element Name / Type Workline Type Code 0 Behavior During Shape Generation Graphic only.Carries tensile only.Carries tensile only. predefined length.Carries tension only. Membrane (Constant Length) 31 Membrane (Tension or Compression) 32 Elastic . or compression.Carries tension only. shear. shear. Elastic . Pulls nodes into geodesic path on membrane. Behavior During Analysis Graphic only.Carries tension only. Elastic . Cable (Constant Force) 2 Cable (Constant Length) 3 Force Density Cable 4 Detached Cable 5 Jack 6 Expands or contracts to Expands or contracts to predefined length.Carries tension Elastic . Elastic .
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