I have modeled a floor slab with a downstand beam that intersects with a continuous column. How can I prevent the slab from resting on the column but only on the downstand beam?


To ensure that the floor rests only on the downstand beam in this situation (Figure 1), it is recommended to model a minimum opening within the floor surface, see Figure 2.

Figure 01 - Isometry, Transparent
Figure 02 - Surface with Opening

In order to keep the members or the lines of the members integrated into the surface, the'Connect Lines/Members' function has to be subsequently applied to the entire model one time. Thus, it is ensured that the floor slab continues to rest on the downstand beams.


Load transfer Downstand beam Column Slab Support


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