Creating a 2D analysis model is a process with multiple phases. To create your own 2D analysis model, see the following instructions.
When you have entered or modified values for a row, remember to save the data by pressing Enter, clicking another row, or switching to another tab.
When you define the components and properties for your model in the property spreadsheet, some labels specify the units in which they expect the values to be entered. To use other units, simply type the unit in the field after the value.
Before creating additional nodes, ensure that the existing node is valid.
In the Name column, click the arrow on the right side of cells, and select the correct material in the list that appears. You can then modify the material properties according to your needs.
Type the name of the material and the material properties in the fields manually.
Click Select... and select the desired pre-defined sections which you use in your model. If necessary, you can then modify the design properties by clicking Custom...
The local x-axis of each element runs from the start node to the end node. By default, the local major axis is perpendicular to the local x-axis in the 2D plane of the model with positive values, in the same sense as the global z-axis. For elements parallel to the global z-axis, the major axis is rotated anti-clockwise to the local x-axis.
To use the minor axis section properties instead of major axis, select the Rotated option.
By default, results view the results for the entire model. However, if you enable the Only show current selection option, the results only view the currently selected elements or members.
To modify the 2D analysis model later, you can recalculate it.