Category Archives: Finite Element Analysis

Using the Frame Analysis Spreadsheets

Following some recent questions in the comments, here are some answers: How can nodal moments be created? The current versions only allow for forces to be applied to beams, but any point load or moment applied at the start or … Continue reading

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3DFrame update

The update to the Glob_to_loc3 and Loc_to_glob3 functions (and associated functions) has now been transferred to the 3DFrame spreadsheet, which will now give correct results when beams are defined in the global negative Z direction.  The revised spreadsheet (including full … Continue reading

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Update to Glob_to_loc3 and Loc_to_glob3 functions

Following a comment here I have updated the Glob_to_loc3 and Loc_to_glob3 functions to deal with some problems when the local longitudinal axis is parallel to the global Y or Z axes.  The IP2 spreadsheet, including the revised functions, can be downloaded from: … Continue reading

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3D Frame analyses with spring releases – 2

The latest version of the 3DFrame spreadsheet (previously presented here) includes provision for spring end releases, allowing for either rotational or translational springs in any direction.  These springs are now incorporated in the model by adjustment of the beam properties, … Continue reading

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3D Frames, axes and stiffness matrices

In the course of adding provision for spring end releases to the 3DFrame spreadsheet, I have also tidied up the code for generating the structure stiffness matrix, and added some documentation to the spreadsheet.  The revised spreadsheet (version 2.02) can … Continue reading

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3DFrame with spring releases

Following the previous post I have added similar functionality to the 3DFrame spreadsheet.  The new file can be downloaded from: 3DFrame.zip As before, see Installing C# dll files, reminder for details of installing the supplied dll files, which provide much better … Continue reading

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Frame analysis with spring releases; 2D

I have updated the Frame4 spreadsheet to allow a rotational spring stiffness to be specified for members with a rotational end release.  The new file can be downloaded from: Frame4.zip See Installing C# dll files, reminder for details of installing the … Continue reading

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