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AnswerThis verification is conducted in accordance with the ECCS.This requires that the weld must not be decisive for the load-bearing capacity of the connection. The carrying capacity of the weld must therefore be > the load-bearing capacity of the flagstaff.So if this review is not respected, so either the weld thickness can be increased or the thickness of the flag plate can be reduced.In the verification details, the minimum thickness of the weld is output with which the requirement is met.
AnswerIn the current regulations, connection means or connections are always detected in one plane only. The reason for this is that the evidence of shear etc. can only be analyzed in the 2D plane. The verification of the bearing evidence, for example, is not possible for off-plane failure.Since in a three-dimensional calculation also internal forces in v y and v z can occur, it has been proven in practice to allow a small proportion of internal forces in the secondary direction and not fully exploit the connection. However, if the proportion of the lateral force in the secondary direction becomes too high, a detailed investigation with an FE simulation may be necessary.
The easiest way to find the internal forces at these nodes is to print the pictures of members into the printout report.
If this solution is not an option, you can also find the values in the result table 4.1 in the printout report. Since the extreme values are only activated by default, it is still necessary to activate nodal values in the selection.
It is usually not reasonable to include the internal forces of all member in the printout report. Therefore, you can only select the members that are relevant to you.
RF-JOINTS performs an idealized design of a steel connection according to the standard, which cannot be easily compared with an exact FE calculation.
Thus, the following conditions must be met:
- Consideration or exclusion of friction/compression/tension within the contact solid (tab "Solid") as well as for the bolts modeled subsequently
- Consideration of internal forces and deformations within the subsequently modeled end plates or similar, which causes redistribution of bolt forces in the FE calculation (in contrast to the idealized design in RF‑JOINTS)
This can be corrected by rigid connection objects, for example (an end plate as a rigid surface).
- Uniform load introduction into the FE model, for example, by using rigid members or rigid surfaces as described in the article "FEM Modeling Approaches of Rigid Connections"
AnswerFrom our JOINTS module the result graphics can be exported as DXF. One finds the corresponding button in mask 4.1 below the graphic (see picture 1).After calling the function, the Windows Save As dialog appears, in which the nameand file path of the DXF file.
RF-/JOINTS is divided into several joint groups. Each of these joint groups requires a separate license key. If RF-/JOINTS detects a key, the joint group is marked with a green circle (see Figure).
In your case, you have probably selected a joint group that is not licensed. Therefore, please set the joint group that you have purchased. The message about the demo version should then disappear.
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