Bolted plate brace (182)

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Bolted plate brace (182)

Bolted plate brace (182) bolts one diagonal brace to one or two horizontal braces, using a brace plate. The diagonal brace is connected to the inside or outside face of the horizontal brace.

Objects created

  • Brace plate

  • Shim plate

  • Bolts

Use for

Example Example

Selection order

  1. Select the horizontal brace to which the diagonal brace is bolted.

  2. Select the diagonal brace.

  3. Select the second horizontal brace (optional).

  4. Click the middle mouse button to create the component.

Part identification key



Brace plate

Picture tab

Use the Picture tab to define the dimensions that control the position of bolts, and the clearance between the braces.




Clearance between the horizontal braces

The ends of the horizontal braces are cut bevel.


Bolt edge distance

The end of the diagonal brace is cut according to the bolt edge distance.


Distance between the bolts


Brace plate edge distance

If you do not enter any dimensions, the default values defined in the gauge_lines.dat file are used.

Parts tab

Use the Parts tab to define the part properties.


Option Description


Thickness of the brace plate

Filler plate

Width and height of the shim plate

If the diagonal brace connects to the inside of the horizontal brace, Tekla Structures creates one or more shim plates to fill the gap between the diagonal brace and the plate.

(1) Diagonal brace

(2) Shim plate

(3) Brace plate





Prefix and start number for the part position number.

Some components have a second row of fields where you can enter the assembly position number.

The default part start number is defined in the Components settings in File menu > Settings > Options.


Material grade.

The default material is defined in the Part material box in the Components settings in File menu > Settings > Options.


Name that is shown in drawings and reports.

Parameters tab

Use the Parameters tab to define the shape of the brace cut and to create a second bolt. You can also add comments for the plates.

Brace cut and bolts

Option Description

Switch to manage braces cut shape

Select the shape of the cut.

Switch to manage second common bolt

Select an option to create a second bolt. The default is No bolt.

By default, this component creates the following bolts:

  • One bolt where the main bolt gage lines of the braces intersect, connects all the braces to the plate.

  • A bolt on the main bolt gage line of each brace, connects the brace to the plate.

Comment for plate

Enter a comment for the plate.

Switch to manage what kind of filler plate

Select the shim plate type.

You can select to use ring or square washers instead of shim plates.

Comment for filler plate

Enter a comment for the shim plate.


Click the Bolts button to define the bolt properties.

Bolt basic properties




Bolt size

Bolt diameter.

Available sizes are defined in the bolt assembly catalog.

Bolt standard

Bolt standard to be used inside the component.

Available standards are defined in the bolt assembly catalog.


Gap between the bolt and the hole.

Thread in mat

Defines whether the thread may be within the bolted parts when bolts are used with a shaft.

This has no effect when full-threaded bolts are used.



Location where the bolts should be attached.


Bolt assembly

The selected check boxes define which component objects (bolt, washers, and nuts) are used in the bolt assembly.

If you want to create a hole only, clear all the check boxes.

To modify the bolt assembly in an existing component, select the Effect in modify check box and click Modify.

Slotted holes

You can define slotted, oversized, or tapped holes.





Vertical dimension of slotted hole.

0, which results in a round hole.


Horizontal dimension of slotted hole, or allowance for oversized holes.

0, which results in a round hole.

Hole type

Slotted creates slotted holes.

Oversized creates oversized holes.

No hole does not create holes.

Tapped creates tapped holes.

Rotate Slots

When the hole type is Slotted, this option rotates the slotted holes.

Slots in

Part(s) in which slotted holes are created. The options depend on the component in question.

Staggering of bolts




Not staggered

AutoDefaults can change this option.

Not staggered

Staggered type 1

Staggered type 2

Staggered type 3

Staggered type 4

General tab

Click the link below to find out more:

General tab

Analysis tab

Click the link below to find out more:

Analysis tab

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