M. To draw plates connecting existing nodes
To draw triangular or quadrilateral plate elements connecting existing nodes, use the following procedure.
This procedure is used to manually add plate elements to your model. STAAD.Pro also has tools to automatically generate a finite element mesh with a surface area.
Geometry ribbon tab, select one of the
following tools in the
Use this tool… To…
Add Quad Plate
create four-node plate elements
Add Triangle Plate
create three-node plate elements
- Click on any node that will form the first corner of the plate element. A line is "rubber banded" to the cursor from this node. This represents the first edge of the surface.
Click on the subsequent nodes to form the plate vertices in either
a clockwise or counterclockwise order.
The plate shape is
"rubber banded" to the cursor as you move the mouse pointer to
give you a preview of the plate shape.
Note: Plate vertices should lie within a flat plane. Refer to " M. To check for warped plates " to verify that plates are planar.The plate is added to the model.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add more plates.
- To stop adding plates: