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Apex Haunch
1. Purpose and description
Apex Haunch connection connects two beams, tapered sections or 3 welded plates profile.
2. System requirements
Tekla Structures version: 18.0
.NET Framework version: 4.0
Environments: All
Languages: English
3. Installation
To install the application:
1. Download Apex Haunch file package from Tekla Extranet.
2. Extract the file package.
4. Object created
Main part end plate;
Secondary part end plate;
Main part top flange stiffener;
Secondary top flange stiffener;
Main part bottom flange stiffener;
Secondary part bottom flange stiffener;
Main part haunch prof;
Secondary part haunch prof;
Main part haunch web;
Main part haunch flange;
Secondary part haunch web;
Secondary part haunch flange;
Filler plates (3);
Web stiffener;
2
nd
Web stiffener;
Bolts;
Welds.
5. Use for
Situation
Description


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Apex Haunch connection with
both end plates, both top flange
stiffener, filler plates and web
stiffeners.

Apex Haunch connection with
both end plates, both top flange
stiffener, both bottom flange
stiffener, bottom flange stiffener,
haunch profiles, haunch webs,
haunch flanges, filler plates and
web stiffeners.
6. Before you start
Create two beams or tapered sections beams.
7. Selection order
For regular beams:
1. Select the main part (supporting beam).
2. Select the secondary part (supported beam)
The connection is then created automatically.
For tapered sections:
1. Select the main part (flange or web of the supporting tapered section).
2. Select the secondary part (flange or web of the supported tapered section).
The connection is then created automatically.
Note: The connection does not support any contour plates so make sure that the
selected web or flange isnt a contour plate.



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8. Part identification key


Number Part
1 Primary top flange stiffener
2 Main part end plate
3 Filler plates
4 Secondary part end plate
5 Secondary top flange stiffener
6 2
nd
Web stiffener
7 Secondary haunch web
8 Secondary haunch flange
9 Primary haunch flange


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10 Primary haunch web
11 Web stiffener
12 Secondary bottom flange stiffener
13 Primary bottom flange stiffener
9. Picture
Use Picture tab to control the dimensions of the parts created in the Apex Haunch
connection.
9.1. Part dimensions

Field Description Default

Define the second end plate top dimension.
Calculated

Define the second end plate bottom dimension.
Calculated

Define the distance between plates.
0 mm

Define the main end plate bottom dimension.
Calculated

Define the number of web stffeners.
This field becomes active only if Yes option is
selected in the Create web stiffeners list.
0

Web stiffener spacing of vertical top and bottom
bolts. Use a space to separate web stiffeners
spacing values. Enter a value for each space
primary fitted
height/ (number of
web stffeners+1)


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between web stiffeners. For example, if there are
3 web stiffeners, enter 2 values.
This field becomes activve only if Yes option is
selected in the Create web stiffeners list.

Define the position of web stiffeners from the top
flange of the beams.
This field is activve only if Yes option is selected
in the Create web stiffeners list.
primary fitted
height/ (number of
web stffeners+1)

Define the main end plate top dimension.
Calculated
9.2. Create top flange stiffeners
Option Description

Default

Yes

No
9.3. Create web stiffeners
Option Description

Default

No
No stiffeners
are created.

Yes
Web stiffeners
are created.
9.4. Bottom geometry of connection
Option Description


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Default

Flange
stiffeners

Haunch

None
9.5. Convert to symmetry
Option Description Example

Default

No - The haunch
plates are not
symmetrically.

A geometrical position

When using the No option in the Convert
to symmetry list form the Picture tab, the
connection is positioned at the intersection
of an imaginary vertical line, at the
intersection of the top flange extension of
the primary part with the top flange of the
secondary part.


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V geometrical position

When using the No option in the Convert
to symmetry list form the Picture tab, the
connection is positioned at the intersection
of an imaginary vertical line, at the
intersection of the bottom flange extension
of the primary part with the bottom flange
of the secondary part.



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Yes - The haunch
plates are
symmetrically

A geometrical position

V geometrical position
When using the Yes option in the Convert
to symmetry list form the Picture tab, the
connection is positioned at the intersection
of an imaginary line, that connects with the
following points:
First point - at the intersection of
the top flange extension of the
primary part with the top flange of
the secondary part.
Second point - at the intersection


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of the top flange extension of the
primary part with the top flange of
the secondary part.


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9.6. Fitting options
Option Description

Default

Beam flange
perpendicular to
beam axis

Beam flanges
fitted to be level
with the end
plates.
9.7. Web stiffener dimension position
Option Description

Default

Top

Middle

Bottom
10. Parts
The Parts tab can be used for defining properties for the parts created by the Apex Haunch
connection.
10.1. Part properties
Field Description Default
Pos_No
Define a prefix and a starting number for the part
position number.
P


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Material Define material grade. S235JR
Name Define a name that is shown in drawings and reports.
10.2. Part dimensions
Field Description Default
Main part
end plate
Define the thickness, width and height
of the main part end plate.
thickness= 20 mm
width = maximum horizontal
bolt spacing + bolts edge
distance.
height = calculated.
Secondary
part end
plate
Define the thickness, width and height
of the secondary part end plate
thickness= 20 mm
width = maximum horizontal
bolt spacing + bolts edge
distance.
height = calculated.
Primary top
flange
stiffener
Define the thickness of the primary top
flange stiffener.
thickness= web thickness
of the corresponding main
part or next plate size.
Secondary
top flange
stiffener
Define the thickness of the secondary
top flange stiffener.
thickness= web thickness
of the corresponding
secondary part or next
plate size.
Primary
bottom
flange
stiffener
Define the thickness of the primary
bottom flange stiffener.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Haunch or None option in the
Choose the bottom geometry of
connection list in Picture tab..
thickness= web thickness
of the corresponding main
part or next plate size.
Secondary
bottom
flange
stiffener
Define the thickness of the secondary
bottom flange stiffener.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Haunch or None option in the
Choose the bottom geometry of
connection list in Picture tab.
thickness= web thickness
of the corresponding
secondary part or next
plate size.
Primary
haunch prof
The primary haunch profile is created
by selecting it from the profile library.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Flange stiffeners or None
options in the Choose the bottom
geometry of connection list in Picture
tab.
By default haunch is made
by welded plates.
Secondary
haunch prof
The secondary haunch profile is
created by selecting it from the profile
By default haunch is made
by welded plates.


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library.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Flange stiffeners or None
options in the Choose the bottom
geometry of connection list in Picture
tab.
Primary
haunch web
Define the thickness of the primary
haunch web.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Flange stiffeners or None
options in the Choose the bottom
geometry of connection list in Picture
tab.
thickness= web thickness
of the corresponding main
part or next plate size.
Primary
haunch
flange
Define the thickness and width of the
primary haunch web.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Flange stiffeners or None
options in the Choose the bottom
geometry of connection list in Picture
tab.
thickness= flange
thickness of the
corresponding main part or
next plate size.
width = flange width of
the corresponding main
part.
Secondary
haunch web
Define the thickness of the secondary
haunch web.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Flange stiffeners or None
options in the Choose the bottom
geometry of connection list in Picture
tab.
thickness= web thickness
of the corresponding
secondary part or next
plate size.
Secondary
haunch
flange
Define the thickness and width of the
secondary haunch web.
This field is not active if you select one
of the Flange stiffeners or None
options in the Choose the bottom
geometry of connection list in Picture
tab.
thickness= flange
thickness of the
corresponding secondary
part or next plate size.
width = flange width of
the corresponding main
part.
11. Filler Plates
The Filler Plates tab can be used for defining properties for the filler plates created by the
Apex Haunch connection.
11.1. Plate properties
Field Description Default
Pos_No
Define a prefix and a starting number
for the part position number.
P
Material Define material grade. S235JR


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Name
Define a name that is shown in
drawings and reports.

11.2. Plate dimensions
Field Description Default
Filler plate
Define the thickness of the filler plate.
Fitting plates between the end plate and
the secondary part end plate can be
created by defining the thickness.
thickness= 2 mm
No. of filler plates Define the number of filler plates. 1
11.3. Slotted holes
Option Description

Default

With holes.

Horizontal
slotted holes

Vertical slotted
holes
11.4. Tolerance
Define the tolerance for the slots in finger filler plates. The width of the slot is the bolt
diameter + the tolerance.


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11.5. Bolt edge distances

Field Description Default

Distance on horizontal bolt edge
distance in the filler plate.
35 mm

Distance on vertical bolt edge
distance in the filler plate.
35 mm
11.6. Max gap allowed to endplate
Define the limit value for the gap between the end plate and secondary or
main part. Use this gap in connections of slightly curved or sloped beams
to decide if the end angle is so small that the beam end can be left
straight.
If the actual gap is smaller than this value, the beam end is left straight.
If the actual gap is larger, then the beam end is fitted to the end plate.
11.7. Type
Field Description Default
Type
Define the filler plate creation.
The options are:
Default
One filler plate
Separated
Separated
12. Haunch
The Haunch tab can be used for defining properties for the haunch created by the Apex
Haunch connection.


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12.1. For Flange stiffeners option from Bottom geometry of
connection list form the Picture tab
12.1.1 Flange stiffener type
Option Description

Default

Triangle



Square
12.1.2 Chamfer dimensions



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Field Description Default

Distance on horizontal chamfer
direction.
0 mm

Distance on vertical chamfer
direction.
0 mm
12.1.3 Chamfer type
Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line


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Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope


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12.1.4 Flange stiffeners dimensions

Field Description Default

Define de dimension of the top flange stiffener
along the beam flange.
1.5*value of field
2

Define the height of the top flange stiffener.
part height/3

Define the dimension of the bottom flange
stiffener along the bottom beam flange.
1.5*value of field
4

Define the height of the bottom flange stiffener.
part height/3
12.2. For Haunch option from Bottom geometry of connection list form
the Picture tab
12.2.1 Flange stiffener type
Option Description

Default

Triangle


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Square
12.2.2 Chamfer dimensions


Field Description Default

Distance on horizontal chamfer direction.
20 mm

Distance on vertical chamfer direction.
20 mm
12.2.3 Chamfer type
Option Description

Default


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None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None


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Line

Arc

Cope
12.2.4 Top flange stiffeners and haunch dimensions

Field Description Default

Define the dimension of the top flange
stiffener along the beam flange.
1.5*value of field 2

Define the height of the top flange
stiffener.
main part height/3

Define the dimension of the haunch
along the bottom beam flange.

If <75 then the haunch is
created horizontally.
If >75 then the haunch is
created with the next
formula: 1.5*haunch height

Define the height of the haunch.
main part height/3


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12.2.5 Chamfer dimensions
NOTE: These dimensions are the same for all haunch chamfers.
Field Description Default
x
The horizontal dimension of the
haunch plate chamfer.
0 mm
y
The vertical dimension of the
haunch plate chamfer.
0 mm
12.2.6 Chamfering type
Option Description

Default

No: No chamfer is created

Line: Creates a line chamfer

Arc: Creates a convex chamfer

Cope: Creates a concave chamfer

Type 1

Type 2

Type 3
12.2.7 Cut at upper end of haunch profile

Field Description Default

Define the vertical cut dimension of the haunch plate.
(This dimension is perpendicular on the flange.)
This dimension works only for profile haunch.
15 mm
12.2.8 Symmetrical cut for profile hunch
Option Description


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Default

Skewed cut

Vertical cut

No cut
12.2.9 Cut at lower end haunch
Option Description

Default

Yes

No
13. Web stiffener
The Haunch tab can be used for defining properties for the haunch created by the Apex
Haunch connection.


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13.1. Stiffener properties
Field Description Default
Pos_No
Define a prefix and a starting number for
the part position number.
P
Material Define material grade. 1
Name
Define a name that is shown in drawings
and reports.

13.2. Stiffener dimensions
Field Description Default
Web stiffener
Define the thickness and
width of the web stiffener.
thickness= main part web
thickness
width= fit to end plate
2
nd
Web
stiffener
Define the thickness and
width of the 2
nd
web stiffener.
thickness= secondary part
web thickness
width= fit to 2
nd
end plate
13.3. Web stiffener type
Option Description

Default

Triangle


Square


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13.4. Chamfer dimensions


Field Description Default

Distance on horizontal direction
between bolts and plate.
0 mm

Distance on vertical direction
between bolts and plate.
0 mm
13.5. Chamfer type
Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc


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Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope

Option Description

Default

None

Line

Arc

Cope


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13.6. Web stiffener length

Field Description Default

Define the length for right side stiffeners.
1.5 * web
stiffener width

Define the length for left side stiffeners.
1.5 * web
stiffener width
14. Bolts
The Bolts tab can be used for defining properties for the bolts created by the Apex Haunch
connection.
14.1. Bolt basic properties
Field Description Default
Size Bolt diameter. 12
Standard The bolt standard to use inside the
component.
6914
Tolerance The gap between the bolt and the hole. 2
Thread in
mat
Indicate if the thread can be inside bolted
parts when using bolts with a shaft. Has
no effect if using full-threaded bolts.
No
Site/Work
shop
Location where bolts should be attached. Site


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14.2. Slotted holes
You can define slotted, oversize, or tapped holes with the following options.

Field Description Default
1 Slotted hole X-dimension or allowance for
oversized holes.
Zero, which results
in a round hole.
2 Slotted hole Y-dimension. Zero, which results
in a round hole.
Hole
type
Slotted creates slotted holes.
Oversize creates oversized or tapped holes.

Rotate
Slots
When hole type is Slotted, this option rotates
the slotted holes.

Slots in Member(s) in which slotted holes are created.
The options depend on the component.

14.3. Bolt assembly
Select checkboxes to indicate the pieces to use in the bolt assembly (bolt, washers, and
nuts).

To only create a hole, clear all checkboxes.
To modify the bolt assembly in an existing component, select the Effect in modify checkbox
and click Modify.
14.4. Bolt extra length
This dimension increases the bolt length. For example, you could use this for painted parts.



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14.5. Stiffener properties

Field Description Default

Define the number of horizontal top and bottom
bolts.
2

Bolt spacing of horizontal top and bottom bolts.
Use a space to separate bolt spacing values.
Enter a value for each space between bolts. For
example, if there are 3 bolts, enter 2 values.
Bolt size * 3.5

Vertical bolts edge distance.


Define the number of vertical top and bottom
bolts.
top stiffeners height /
bolts spacing + 1
or
bottom stiffeners
height / bolts spacing
+ 1
or
haunch height / bolts
spacing + 1

Bolt spacing of vertical top and bottom bolts.
Use a space to separate bolt spacing values.
Enter a value for each space between bolts. For
example, if there are 3 bolts, enter 2 values.
Bolt size * 3.5


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Vertical bolts flange distance.


Define the number of vertical middle bolts.
3

Bolt spacing of vertical middle bolts. Use a
space to separate bolt spacing values. Enter a
value for each space between bolts. For
example, if there are 3 bolts, enter 2 values.
Bolt size * 3.5

Define the number of horizontal middle bolts.
2

Bolt spacing of horizontal middle bolts. Use a
space to separate bolt spacing values. Enter a
value for each space between bolts. For
example, if there are 3 bolts, enter 2 values.


Horizontal bolts edge distance.


Indicates how to measure dimensions for
horizontal bolt group position:
Default
Left: From the left edge of the secondary
part to the leftmost bolt;
Middle: From the center line of the
secondary part to center line of the bolts;
Right: From the right edge of the secondary
part to the rightmost bolt.
Middle

Dimension for horizontal bolt group position.


Define the dimension for vertical bolt group
position.


Indicates how to measure dimensions for
vertical bolt group position:
Default
Top: From the upper edge of the secondary
part to the uppermost bolt;
Middle: From the center line of the center
line of the secondary part;
Bellow: From the lowest edge of the
secondary part to the lowest bolt.
Middle

Dimension for horizontal top and bottom flange
stiffeners bolt group position.

14.6. Staggering of bolts
Option Description

Default


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Not staggered

Staggered type 1

Staggered type 2

Staggered type 3

Staggered type 4
15. Welds
The Welds tab can be used for defining properties for the welds created by the Apex
Haunch connection.
15.1. Weld properties
Field Description
No Define a prefix and a starting number for the part position number.
Size
Define the size of the weld.
If you enter a zero or negative weld size, Tekla Structures creates
the weld, but does not display it drawings.
Type Define the type of the weld.
Angle
Define the angle of weld preparation, bevels, or groove.
Tekla Structures displays the angle between the weld type symbol
and the fill type contour symbol.
Contour Define the fill type contour of a weld.
Finish Define the finish symbol above the weld type symbol in drawings.
Length
Define the length of a regular weld depends on the length of the
connection between the welded parts. You can set the exact length
of a polygon weld by, for example, defining the start and end points
of the weld.
Pitch
Define the center-to-center spacing of welds for non-continuous
welds. Pitch is shown in the weld mark if the value is greater than
0.0.
Edge/Angle
Define whether only one edge or the entire perimeter of a face
should be welded.
A circle in the weld symbol in drawings indicates the Around option
has been used.
Wshop/site
Define where the weld should be made. This setting affects
assemblies and drawings.
Tekla Structures indicates site welds in the weld symbol using a


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flag.
RTF (Reference
text)
Define additional information to appear in the weld symbol. For
example, information about the weld specification or process.
Stitch
Define whether or not to create a staggered, intermittent weld.
The options are:
Default;
No - a non-staggered intermittent weld is created;
Yes - a staggered, intermittent weld is created.
Wtext Define a name that is shown in drawings and reports.
Effective throat Define the weld size used in weld strength calculation.
Root opening Define the space between the welded parts.
15.2. Weld type
Option Description Number Preparation

Default 0 No

None 0 No

Fillet weld 10 No

Bevel-groove (single-V butt weld) 3 No

Bevel-groove (single-bevel butt weld) 4 Both parts

Square-groove (square butt weld) 2 Secondary part

Single-V butt weld with broad root face 5 No

Single-bevel butt weld with broad root face 6 No

U-groove weld (single-U butt weld) 7 Both edges

J-groove weld (single-J butt weld) 8 Secondary part

Flare V-groove weld 16 Both edges

Flare-bevel-groove weld 15 Secondary part

Edge-flange weld 1 No

Corner-flange weld 17 No

Plug weld 11 No

Bevel backing weld 9 No

Spot weld 12 No

Seam weld 13 No

Slot weld 14 No

Partial penetration weld (single-bevel butt + fillet) 18 Secondary part

Partial penetration weld (square groove + fillet) 19 No


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Melt-through weld 20 No

Steep-flanked single-V butt weld 21 No

Steep-flanked single-bevel butt weld 22 No

Edge weld 23 No

Surfacing weld 24 No

Fold joint 25 No

Inclined joint 26 No
15.3. Weld contour
Option Description

Default

None

Flush

Convex

Concave
15.4. Weld finish
Option Description

Default

None

Grind

Machine

Chip

Flush finished weld

Smooth blended weld face
15.5. Weld Edge/angle
Option Description

Default

Only one edge

All around


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15.6. Weld Wshop/site
Option Description

Default

Workshop

Site