Load group properties

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Load group properties

Use the Load Groups dialog box to view, define, and modify the load group properties and to work with load groups.

Option

Description

Current

The @ character identifies the current load group.

When you create loads in the model, Tekla Structures adds them to the current load group. You can only define one load group as current.

To change the current load group, select a load group and click Set current.

Name

Unique name of the load group.

Use load group names to define the visibility and selectability of loads. For example, you can select, modify, or hide loads based on their load group.

Type

The type of a load group is the type of action that causes the loads.

Actions causing loads are building code specific and depend on the load modeling code selected in File menu > Settings > Options > Load modeling > Current code.

Most building codes use some or all of the following actions and load group types:

  • Permanent, dead, and/or prestressing loads

  • Live, imposed, traffic, and/or crane loads

  • Snow loads

  • Wind loads

  • Temperature loads

  • Accidental and/or earthquake loads

  • Imperfection loads

Direction

The direction of a load group is the global direction of the action that causes the loads. Individual loads in a load group retain their own magnitudes in the global or local x, y, and z directions.

The load group direction affects which loads Tekla Structures combines in a load combination:

  • z direction groups are combined with both x and y direction groups.

  • x or y direction groups are not combined with each other.

Compatible

A number that identifies all the load groups that are compatible with each other.

Incompatible

A number that identifies all the load groups that are incompatible with each other.

Color

The color that Tekla Structures uses to show the loads in the group.

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