Need a book? Engineering books recommendations...

Return to index: [Subject] [Thread] [Date] [Author]

Structural Softwares

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
     Hope this would give a brief information about the features and the 
     recommended usage of different structural analysis programs mostly 
     used by different organisations world-wide.
     
     
     RISA3D:
     Cheaper in cost compared to Staad3.
     It can carry out basic static and dynamic analysis
     Ability to model tension/compression only spring elements
     Operating platforms - DOS,WIN3.1,WIN95/NT
     Codes-US
     DXF interface 
     Speed of solution is fast, model and load input is very easy
     Maximum size of problem it can solve is limited to 9900 nodes and 9900 
     members/elements in version 3.0
     
     
     STAADIII:
     More costly than RISA3D.
     Capable to include both static and dynamic analysis
     Most widely used program in industry.
     Codes-US,CANADA,EUROPE,BRITISH,INDIAN etc.
     Frameworks Interface
     Speed of solution is slower compared to SAP2000 
     Model input and load input is not as easy as RISA3D.
     No limit in node and member size
     Operating Platforms for ver 22.3 - DOS,WIN 3.1,95 & NT
     
     
     SAP2000:
     Relatively costlier than STAADIII.
     Considered to be the best high end analysis program.
     Handle static,dynamic analysis,advanced dynamic (time history).
     Modelling using tension/compression only spring elements possible
     Interface to DXF
     Codes - US,Europe,British,Canada
     Model and load input can be compared in easiness with STAAD3
     Speed of the solution is the fastest
     No limit in node and member size
     Operating platform for ver6.10 - Windows 95/NT
     
     
     GTSTRUDL:
     Costliest when compared to the above 4 programs.
     Handle static,dynamic analysis,advanced dynamic (time history)
     Interface to DXF and Frameworks
     Codes - US,British,
     Model and load input is not easy
     Speed of the solution is faster than STAAD3
     No limit in node and member size
     Operating platform for ver 9701 - Windows 95/NT and DOS.
     
     
     There are many other softwares like STRAP,AVANSSE PLUS. But these 
     programs are not used in large scale and hence it is only time which 
     will tell us the possibility of extensive  and end use of these 
     softwares depending on the application and the support offered.
     
     
     Regards to all
     
     K.G.SRIVALSAN
     k.g.srivalsan(--nospam--at)fluordaniel.com