Modify a rebar set
You can modify rebar sets by changing the rebar set properties, by using the rebar set guidelines or leg faces, or by creating local rebar set modifiers. The guidelines, leg faces, and modifiers all have direct modification handles.
When you work with rebar sets, ensure that the Direct modification switch is active.
In case you open an existing model using a new version of Tekla Structures, always update the existing rebar sets first: on the Rebar tab, click .
Modify the properties of a rebar set
You can change the properties of a rebar set in the property pane or on the contextual toolbar.
- Double-click the rebar set that you want to modify.
If you want to use
previously saved properties from a file, select the property file from the
topmost list in the property pane:
- Modify the rebar set properties in the property pane.
- Click Modify to save the changes.
- To save the properties for later use, enter a name for the property file in the topmost box in the property pane, and then click .
Alternatively, you can modify the rebar set properties on the contextual toolbar.
Change the layer order of a rebar set
You can adjust the order of the bar layers when two or more rebar sets overlap.
By default, the layer order is based on the creation order of the rebar sets. Tekla Structures automatically places the bars that are created first closest to the concrete surface, and the bars created last will be the furthest.
- Select a rebar set.
On the contextual toolbar,
adjust the layer order by using the following buttons:
Click to move the bars to the outermost layer.
Click to move the bars one layer outwards.
Click to move the bars one layer inwards.
Click to move the bars to the innermost layer.
Alternatively, you can enter a number in the Layer number box in the property pane, and then click Modify to save the changes.
The smaller the layer number, the closer to the concrete surface the bar layer is. You can use both positive and negative numbers.
If you set the same layer number for several rebar sets, the bars will be placed on the same layer, and the bars may collide.
If needed, fine-tune the
layer order at any individual leg face or leg
These modifications override the default settings and the layer order settings of the entire rebar set.
Modify a rebar set using guidelines
The guidelines of a rebar set define the distribution direction of the bars. The spacing of the bars is also measured along the guidelines. You can modify the rebar set guidelines by using direct modification.
To show or hide the guidelines when you select rebar sets in the model, go to the Rebar tab and click . Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Alt+2 or the advanced option XS_REBARSET_SHOW_GUIDELINES.
To modify a guideline, select a rebar set and do any of the following:
- To move a guideline, drag the line handle.
- To move a guideline point, drag the point handle .
- To add a new point to the start or
end of a guideline:
- Select the start or end point of the guideline .
- Click Add new point on the contextual toolbar.
- Pick a location for the new start or end point.
- To add an intermediate point to a guideline, drag a midpoint handle .
- To remove a point from a guideline, select the point and press Delete.
- To modify chamfers at intermediate
corner points of a guideline:
- Select a corner point.
- Define the chamfer type and dimensions on the contextual toolbar.
To change the direction of a guideline, select the guideline and click Swap ends on the contextual toolbar.
To make a guideline follow the leg face edges that are located between the guideline end points:
Move the guideline end points to the leg face edges.
If there are cuts at the edges, add intermediate points to the guideline, and drag the handles to the corners of the cuts.
Double-click the guideline to open its properties in the property pane. Select Yes in the Follow edges list, and then click Modify.
Alternatively, select the guideline and click on the contextual toolbar.
Change the bar plane orientation of a rebar set
By default, Tekla Structures creates rebar set bars at planes that are perpendicular to the guidelines. In slanted or complex concrete structures, you may want to align the bar planes with the global z direction of the model, or some other way.
- Select a rebar set.
On the contextual toolbar,
click Bar plane orientation.
Tekla Structures shows a yellow arrow with two blue direct modification handles, at the start point of the primary guideline. The bars become aligned with the global z direction.
To adjust the bar plane
orientation some other way, drag the handles.
For example, you can let the top handle snap to a certain location, such as a part corner, in the model.
- If you want to revert to the original bar plane orientation, and to hide the yellow arrow, click again on the contextual toolbar.