Create wall and roof panels

Tekla Structural Designer
2021
Tekla Structural Designer

Create wall and roof panels

Wall panels, also referred to as wind walls, allow you to apply loads calculated by the Simple Wind Loading Generator and Wind Wizard to your structure. Wall panels do not introduce any structural strength or stiffness to your structure. If you wish to introduce walls that resist gravity, or lateral loads, you must define them as concrete walls.

Roof panels allow loads placed on a sloping plane to be decomposed back to the supporting structure. Area loads on roofs can act either vertically, or normal to the roof plane. To create and modify roof panels, see the following instructions.

Create rectangular wall panels

  1. On the Model tab, click Wall Panel.
  2. In the Properties window, ensure the Rectangular property is selected.
  3. Click the start point to define a corner of the panel.
  4. Click a point to define the opposite corner.
    Tekla Structural Designer creates a wall panel between the selected two points.

Create non-rectangular wall panels

  1. On the Model tab, click Wall Panel.
  2. In the Properties window, ensure the Rectangular property is unselected.
  3. Click the start point of the panel.
  4. Click the remaining points of the panel.
  5. To define the end point of the panel, do one of the following:
    • Double-click the end point.

    • Click the end point, and click the start point again.

    Tekla Structural Designer creates a wall panel between the selected points.

Create wall panels with parapets

Note: To ensure the wind analysis accounts for the parapet correctly, a wall panel with a parapet should be modeled in two parts:
  1. Create an ordinary wall panel up to the roof level

  2. Create a second wall panel above the roof level and marking the panel as a parapet

  1. Open a frame view in which you want to create the wall.
  2. Create the wall panel below the roof level normally.
  3. Create the wall panel above the roof level normally.
    Note: You may need to create a new construction level to define the top level of the parapet.
  4. Press the Esc key.
  5. Hover the mouse pointer over the second wall panel, so that it becomes highlighted.
  6. Click the second wall panel.
  7. In the Properties window, select the Is a parapet wall option.
See also: Parapet wall panel load decomposition

Modify the properties of a wall panel

You can modify the properties of a panel wall in both 2D and 3D Views.

  1. Hover the mouse pointer over the panel, so that i becomes highlighted.
  2. Click the panel to select it.
    Tip:

    If necessary, add further roof panels to the selection by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the panels.

  3. Go to the Properties window.
  4. Modify the properties according to your needs.

    Tekla Structural Designer automatically applies the changes to all the selected panels.

Create roof panels

  1. On the Model tab, click Roof Panel.
  2. Click the start point of the panel.
  3. Click the remaining points of the panel.
  4. To define the end point of the panel, do one of the following:
    • Double-click the end point.

    • Click the end point, and click the start point again.

    Tekla Structural Designer creates a roof panel between the selected points.

Modify the properties of roof panels

You can modify the properties of roof panels in both 2D and 3D Views.

  1. Hover the mouse pointer over the panel, so that it becomes highlighted.
  2. Click the panel to select it.
    Tip:

    If necessary, add further roof panels to the selection by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the panels.

  3. Go to the Properties window.
  4. Modify the properties according to your needs.

    Tekla Structural Designer automatically applies the changes to all the selected panels.

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