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Department of Civil & Geological Engineering

**CE 463.3 – Advanced Structural Analysis Lab 4 –SAP2000 Plane Elasticity
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February 27th, 2013 T.A: Ouafi Saha Professor: M. Boulfiza

**1. Rectangular Plate under Uniform Tension (Plane Stress) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1prWpg7vhQY
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20 cm

Units kN, cm, C Mat. Steel Self-Weight = 0 Thickness = 3mm

2 kN/cm

New features: Plane Element i. General Definitions For Plane problems, usually we work in the XY Plane instead of the XZ used for Frame structures. For simplicity, the grid system should look like this one

4 cm

3 Grids for X and Y centered at 0. Z is not used

Choose kN/cm

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Material and Section Definition Define a Material having E = 200 GPa and v = 0. doubleclick 3 1 2 2 . Drawing the Model Draw the four plane elements in the XY plane using Draw Poly Area tool It is common to draw the quadrilateral element starting from the lower left corner and continue counter clockwise. 4. choose Menu Define > Section Properties > Area Sections… Select Plane in the section type.3. then click on Add New Section Choose a name Select Plane-Stress and leave Incompatible Modes Choose the material previously defined Choose the material previously defined iii.ii. In section definition.

Nodes (joints) For the right side.6 / 2 = 0. 1 and 2 v.4 / 4 = 0. by loading the nodes or by loading the elements. Displacement Boundary Conditions Even if there are no apparent supports in the initial problem. the total load is F = (2 kN/cm2) x (4 cm) x (0. 3 . all nodes on the Y axis will not move in the X direction. Also. Loading Condition Two possible ways exist for applying the loads.3 cm) = 2. For corner nodes f = 0.6 kN. In this case. Select the four elements and go to Menu Edit > Edit Areas > Divide Areas… Divide each element into 4 by 2 elements according to convention (supplemental) Some recommendations are given in the reference manual about the aspect ratio of the elements.We need a finer mesh. the same loads are applied to the left side. iv. We also have 5 nodes. we must specify some restraint conditions for the program to avoid a singular stiffness matrix. One should follow them to get the most accurate results. then select the node at the origin and specify Translation Restraints in both Directions.3 kN. The load distribution will be as follow: For median nodes f = 2. Select all nodes on the Y axis and specify Translation Restraints in direction 1. we know that the central node will not move in either X nor Y direction. to have more accurate results. 3 medians and 2 corners. By symmetry.4 kN in the +X direction. due to geometric and loading symmetry.

we only change face 2 by face 4. negative pressure (outward direction) Face 2 (Supplemental doc) For the left side. 4 . only two displacements are considered. we have a uniform pressure in the outward direction. Select the four right edge elements > Assign > Area Loads > Surface Pressure (All)… -2. Remember to save your work. Menu Analyze > Set Analysis Options … Then Run the analysis.Element (Area) For the right side. Analyse the System In plane elasticity problems. vi. to neglect self-weight and to disable modal analysis.

Steel Self-Weight = 0 Thickness = 2 mm 15 mm New features: Pipe and Plate Module Only half of the structure will be modeled. Discussing Results As we may have expected we can say: .0. 2. Menu Option > Dimensions/Tolerances… Set auto merge to 0. we have uniformly distributed longitudinal horizontal stresses over the whole solid.vii. Z(0) Set Auto-merge tolerance to 0.10). the effect of positive Poisson’s ratio is clearly seen.1 kN F=0.In the displacement diagram. Y(-10.25). the structure will be drawn using three elemental parts. Neither shear stresses nor longitudinal vertical stresses exist in the solid. .1 kN Units kN. X(0. As SAP2000 is not extremely powerful in 2D and 3D modeling. C Mat.1mm or you will have a strange mesh 5 .com/watch?v=uvmdgD6aU0M Symmetry R=10mm r = 5mm F=0.In the stress diagram.15. Start a blank file with only grids. Display Output We can see the deformed shape as: And the internal stresses (S11) as viii.1 mm.5.youtube. Tension Connection plate http://www. mm.

The final step is replicating the slice to reproduce the final form.Start with rounded plate with circular hole Menu Edit > Add Model From Template … then click on Pipes and Plates The main parameters are highlighted. 6 . and reduce the number of nodes.. merge all the elements then divide them into 4 elements in the vertical direction. We need to delete the left half part of the circle. For this purpose it is better to leave only one slice of the model.

from the Edit Menu.Select all elements in the previous screen and apply Replicate commad. Save your file from time to time! 7 . Make sure to enter the parameters as in the figure below.

Rectangular plate with circular hole Menu Edit > Add Model From Template … then click on Pipes and Plates We should remove the right half side of the rectangular plate and move the remaining part 15mm in the X direction (right). 8 . using the Move command from the Edit Menu..

0) F = 0. Run the Analysis 9 .1kN in X direction. the same boundary conditions as in the first example will be applied here as well. Due to Symmetry. For the analysis we will only consider displacements in the X and Y directions. The final model should look like the figure above.. One concentrated nodal load will be applied to the node at coordinate (20.Last Rectangular part We draw a big rectangle and divide it into 4 parts in X direction and 16 parts in Y Direction.

10 .Output Time for some nice pictures Deformed shape (effect of concentrated Load) Resultant Displacement Contour Lines The three stress components in the local axis and the Von Mises stress.

The same Problem 2 will be done using .youtube.DXF import function.com/watch?v=vrSO462W39U Another efficient way to model two dimensional and three dimensional structural problems is to use the import functionality of SAP2000.automesh2d.htm. but the data must be prepared in a strict form. Import 2D models http://www.3. The geometric file used by this software is a text file containing the following data 1 2 4 1 2 3 4 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 0 25 25 0 10 10 20 20 10 10 -10 -10 10 10 0 5 5 -5 -5 0 0 10 10 0 0 5 5 5 5 0 11 . It is possible to use a simple modeling software such as Automesh2D.com/default. freely available from the website http://www. Many formats are supported by the program.

Select upward direction Select from which layer import which elements 12 .dxf File … the select your file. 250 elements are chosen. The final step in this software is to export the meshed structure in dxf format. In SAP2000. it is usually recommended to edit the mesh in Autocad and copy all lines in a specific layer.The next step is to mesh the structure using the easiest auto-mesh function. Before importing the model into SAP2000. This layer will be used by SAP2000 to import the appropriate model. use Menu File > Import > Autocad .

Select all and Menu Edit > Edit Areas > Divide Areas … Delete the unwanted plane parts. The final step is to divide the big plate element into the shape of the little frame lines. but we need Plane element. 13 . See video for more details. Done! At least for the geometry modeling part. Delete also the frame elements as they don’t belong to our desired model. the central circle and the two big corners. Remember we imported the model as frame elements.The next step is to draw a Plane element enclosing the whole imported model.

mece.Bracket Compare the solution of the given example Bracket. Additional Examples . add a uniformly distributed load = 1 kN/cm2 in compression at the top and bottom faces of the plate.Compare this solution with your classic beam analysis. The load is uniformly distributed over the length.2 m 2.4.Cantilever Beam (Thick theory) 3kN/m Units kN.Plane Stress Repeat Problem 1. take care about unit conversion.ca/tutorials/ansys/BT/Bracket/Bracket. Check deflection and maximum stress. The web link is a pointer to the University of Alberta tutorial for Ansys.5mm 0.ualberta. m. . must be converted to node concentrated forces or uniformly distributed pressure. .SDB with the one given by Ansys. C Mat. Steel Self-Weight = 0 Thickness = 7. .0 m Follow the same steps as Problem 1. http://www.html The Model under SAP2000 3D model from the U of A website 14 .

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