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T.3 Creating the Plates - Method 3

To create the plate elements using the Structure Wizard program, use the following steps.

A program installed with STAAD.Pro called Structure Wizard offers a library of pre-defined structure templates (also referred to as "prototypes"), such as Pratt Truss, Northlight Truss, Cylindrical Frame, etc. A surface entity such as a slab or wall, which can be defined using 3-noded or 4-noded plate elements, is one such template. You can also create your own library of structure prototypes. From this wizard, a structural model may parametrically be generated, and can then be incorporated into your main structure.

  1. On the Geometry ribbon tab, select the Structure Wizard tool in the Structure group.

    The Structure Wizard window opens.

    The Structure Wizard window

    Tip: The Open Structure Wizard option in the Where do you want to go? dialog in the beginning stage of creating a new structure also opens this application.
  2. The unit of length should be specified prior to the generation of a model.
    1. Select File > Select Unitsin the Structure Wizard window.

      The Select Units dialog opens.

    2. Select Meters.
    3. Click OK.
  3. From the Model Type drop-down list, select Surface/Plate Models.

  4. Either:

    double-click on the Quad Plate option


    drag the Quad Plate option to the right side of the Structure Wizard window

    The Select Meshing Parameters dialog opens.

  5. Specify the meshing boundary corners and the individual element data as follows:
    1. Enter the following Corners data:
      Corner X Y Z
      A 0 0 0
      B 6 0 0
      C 6 0 4
      E 0 0 4
      The Length values are automatically calculated.
    2. Type 3 and the Divisions along AB and CD sides and 2 for the Divisions along BC and DA sides.

      Leave the Bias values all as 1.

    3. Click Apply.

    The mesh is generated.

    Tip: If you made a mistake, right-click in the drawing area and select Change Property from the pop-up menu. The dialog opens and you can edit the mesh generations parameters.
  6. Select File > Merge Model with STAAD.Pro Model. You are prompted to confirm that you want to transfer the model data with your STAAD.Pro model.
  7. Click Yes.

    The Paste with Move dialog opens.

  8. Click OK.

    In this tutorial, there is no existing model nor is there a need to shift the model from the origin.

    The model will now be transferred to the main window.

If you want to proceed with assigning the remainder of the data, go to " T.3 Changing the input units of length ".