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I have imported structural data with the aid of the import functions or direct interfaces. How does the material assignment work, so that the design modules also accept the materials?


In most cases, only the material's name is transferred. If the name differs from the Dlubal Material Database name, the base parameters (modulus of elasticity, shear modulus, etc.) or the additional properties (yield strengths, tensile strengths, limit strains, etc.) are not defined. In such cases, it is not even possible to determine the internal forces of the structure.

Some interfaces (for example Revit) are able to transfer the basic properties. However, the design modules present problems because they require additional material properties. However, these are only available as information in the databases specific to Dlubal.

We can resolve this topic by linking the name of the imported material with the unique name of the Dlubal material library. This linking can be done in the conversion tables. To open the tables, click "File" - "Import" in the "Details" tab. The handling is relatively simple. On the left, enter the material name from the export file or the CAD application. On the right, the name according to the Dlubal Material Database. It can also be called directly.

If you have several entries with a similar notation, you can use so-called "regular expressions". Further help can be found in the conversion file itself. The path is shown in the detail settings.

The user is requested to create own tables. Dlubal can not provide any tables due to the multitude of programs and notations.


Convert Conversion table Material Database Regular expression

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