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What exactly is the difference between the add-on modules JOINTS Steel - DSTV and END-PLATE?
DSTV is used to compare existing internal forces with the allowable values of the German guideline DSTV so that you can determine the required joint from typified connections. On the contrary, END‑PLATE is used to recalculate the entire connection.
The connections in END‑PLATE can be extended on both sides and four bolt rows are also possible.
DSTV includes not only bending-resistant end-plates but also hinged end-plate and angle connections.
Thus, the main differences are:
In addition to the rolled sections (I, IPE, HE‑A, HE‑B, HE‑M), the END‑PLATE add-on module allowsw for design of any monosymmetric I-section with axial force (IS- and IU‑sections). In contrast, the DSTV guideline gives only values for the common rolled sections (IPE, HE‑A, HE‑B, HE‑M) and the values calculated are allowed only for bending with shear force, which means that the axial force is not considered in the DSTV guideline.
To design a HD‑section on end-plates, for example, you can use END‑PLATE and replace the HD‑section by an IS-section.
In the case of IS‑sections, you can graphically select the dimensions of the HD‑section. Thus, this IS‑section has the same stiffnesses and can be designed in END‑PLATE.
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