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I suggest using a Staadpro for a finite element analysis is a way to go. Its user’s friendly, I used it for tubular steel, concrete tunnel and connections plate.


The instructions on how to model and load input using a finite element analysis method can be found in the help tab of staad pro. If a hard copy reference is available checks under the finite element modeling sample problem.






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From: David Francis Caballero [mailto:engrfrancis05(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 11:19 AM
To: seaoc_blog
Subject: Finite Element Analysis


Dear List,


My current project is a very very complicated shape and geometry structure, made of steel. We as consultant with connection design requires a very design justification on every connection detail that we're providing, hand calculation for connection is quite time consuming since I'm analyzing a plate which two or more members are connected at this plate. 


Can you give me an idea or reference on how to model a finite element-plate and the member connection on it-and a good reference of step by step procedure on modeling it-how to input load and support on the model. 


I tried to model a one case connection using sap2000, but I'm not sure wether it is correct or not, knowing I just starting to have knowledge in finite element analysis using sap2000.



Thank you in advance.


David Francis C. Caballero

Structural Engineer

License No. 0103970

Professional Regulation Commission

Manila, Philippines