T.3 Specifying Supports
The slab is fixed-supported along the entire length of two adjacent sides. However, when modeled as plate elements, the supports can be specified only at the nodes along those edges, and not at any point between the nodes.
Tip: The finer the mesh (i.e., the larger the number of elements), then the more supported nodes you would be able to model. For this tutorial, the 2 meter mesh is used as a simple demonstration.
SUPPORTS 1 2 4 5 7 10 FIXED
- Press <Shift+N> to turn on the display of the Node Numbers.
Geometry ribbon tab, select the
Nodes Cursor tool in the
While pressing the <Ctrl> key, select the nodes on two
adjacent edges of the plate group:
- On the Specification ribbon tab, select the Fixed tool in the Supports group.
- Click Assign.