AD.2007-1001.2.2 P-Delta Analysis Including Small Delta
A regular STAAD P-Delta Analysis can now account for the small P-Delta effect whilst performing a P-Delta analysis
Without the Small Delta option, i.e. a regular STAAD P-Delta analysis, STAAD performs a first order linear analysis and obtains a set of joint forces, from members/plates based on the large P-Delta effect, which are then added to the original load vector. A second analysis is then performed on this updated load vector.
With the Small Delta option selected, both the large & small P-Delta effects are included in calculating the end forces, (5 to 10 iterations will usually be sufficient).
The option is activated by selecting the option on the P-Delta Analysis dialog thus: