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STAAD.Pro 2006 Build 1001 Release Report


AD.2006.2.1 Generation of Transfer Force Report for Connection Design
Several new features have been added and existing features have been modified in the post-
processor section of the program. They are explained in the following pages.

Purpose

STAAD.Pro can now calculate the Transfer force or pass through force that can be used
for connection design. This feature is based on a paper on the subject by Dr. William. A.
Thornton. Refer to the next figure which shows beams and bracing members connected to
either side of the column.

Figure 28
Transfer force is simply the maximum net horizontal force that gets transferred from the one
side of the column to the other through the connection. So STAAD.Pro checks the forces in the
members framing into each side of the column and finds out the resultant horizontal force for
either side. Typically the resultant forces on the two sides would not be equal as some amount
of force will be taken up by the column in shear. The greater of the two resultants is reported
by STAAD.Pro as the transfer force. The option to determine transfer force automatically, will
save engineers considerable time and effort as in most cases, they have to report the transfer
forces in the design drawings. The same concept can be applied to floor bracing in horizontal
plane.

Description

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Go to the Post processing mode by going to Mode | Postprocessing or by clicking on the


Postprocessing tab above the graphics window. Select all the members that frame into any
connection as shown in the previous figure. Go to Report | Column Transfer Force as shown
in the next figure.

Figure 29

A dialog box titled Transfer Force for Selected Members comes up as shown in the next
figure. The Loads box displays the load cases that has been considered to calculate the
transfer force. By default all load cases are considered but one can exclude a few of them by
simply clicking on the load case within the Loads box. The boxes Left Beams and Right
Beams list all the members on the respective sides of the column along with their incidences.
The boxes Left TF and Right TF shows the resultant horizontal force from either side. Max
TF reports the transfer force.

Figure 30

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Click on the Insert to Table button and a table will be generated containing all the transfer
force information as shown in the next figure.

Figure 31

The transfer force information can also be included as part of a report by going to File |

Report Setup or by clicking on the report setup icon which will bring up the Report
Setup dialog box as shown in the next figure.

Figure 32

By default, the Transfer Force Report appears in the selected list of items within the dialog
box. A report with the transfer force data can then be generated as shown next.

Figure 33

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Please refer to the example file TrasnferForces.std, which is available under various country
folders.

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