T.3 Creating the Plates - Method 4
To create the plates using the Mesh Generation facility, use the following steps.
This method uses the same drawing grid from Method 1. Refer to " T.3 Setup the Grid."
The STAAD.Pro GUI contains a facility for generating a mesh of elements from a boundary (or superelement) defined by a set of corner nodes. The boundary must form a closed surface and must lie within a plane, though that plane can be inclined to any of the global planes.
- Create the nodes:
- In the Snap Node/Plate dialog, click Close.
- Use the Plates Cursor and select this plate.
To start a quadrilateral mesh of the existing plate element:
Plate Tools dialog, select the
Generate Plate Mesh tool in the
The Chose Meshing Type dialog opens.
- Select the Quadrilateral Meshing option.
- Click OK
- On the Plate Tools dialog, select the Generate Plate Mesh tool in the Model group.
Complete the meshing parameters:
- Type 3 and the Divisions along AB and CD sides and 2 for the Divisions along BC and DA sides.
- Click Apply.
Re-number the plate elements:
Plate Tools ribbon tab, select the
Renumber Plates tool in the
A warning message opens.
- Click Yes. The Renumber dialog opens.
- Double-click Z Coordinate in the Available Sort Criteria list.
- Double-click X Coordinate in the Available Sort Criteria list. The Z coordinate entry should appear above the X coordinate entry in the Selected Sort Criteria list.
- Click Accept.
- On the Plate Tools ribbon tab, select the Renumber Plates tool in the Model group.
As an alternative in step 1, you can press and hold <Ctrl> to create only disconnected nodes. Then, when you can use the Plate group on the Geometry ribbon tab to generate the plates from those nodes, rather than re-meshing an existing plate. You then use the plate bound selection cursor to select these corner nodes to define a meshed boundary.tool in the