Create a reinforcement mesh

Tekla Structures
2021
Tekla Structures

Create a reinforcement mesh

You can create a reinforcement mesh that consists of two perpendicular bar groups. Tekla Structures treats mesh bars as one unit but distinguishes the main and crossing bars.

The reinforcement mesh can be rectangular, polygonal, or bent. You can also create a customized reinforcement mesh.

Note:

You cannot change the mesh type once the mesh has been created.

Create a rectangular reinforcement mesh

  1. On the Rebar tab, hold down Shift and click Mesh.

    The Rebar mesh properties open in the property pane.

  2. In the Mesh type list, select Rectangle.
    Note:

    You cannot change the mesh type once the mesh has been created.

  3. Select the part to reinforce.

    Tekla Structures attaches the mesh to this part.

  4. Pick the start point of the mesh.
  5. Pick a point to indicate the direction of the longitudinal bars.
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish picking.

    Tekla Structures creates the mesh parallel to the work plane, to the left of the points you picked.

  7. If you want to modify the reinforcement mesh, do one of the following:
    • Use direct modification. Ensure that the Direct modification switch is active.

    • Double-click the reinforcement to open the Rebar mesh properties and modify the properties.

Create a polygonal reinforcement mesh

  1. On the Rebar tab, hold down Shift and click Mesh.

    The Rebar mesh properties open in the property pane.

  2. In the Mesh type list, select Polygon.
    Note:

    You cannot change the mesh type once the mesh has been created.

  3. Select the part to reinforce.

    Tekla Structures attaches the mesh to this part.

  4. Pick the start point of the mesh.
  5. Pick the corner points of the mesh.
  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish picking.
  7. Pick a point to indicate the direction of the longitudinal bars.

    Tekla Structures creates the mesh.

  8. If you want to modify the reinforcement, do one of the following:
    • Use direct modification. Ensure that the Direct modification switch is active.

    • Double-click the reinforcement to open the Rebar mesh properties and modify the properties.

Reinforcement mesh with holes

If you want to reinforce a part that has holes, you need to pick the corner points of holes when you create the reinforcement.

  1. Select the part to reinforce.

  2. Pick the start point of the mesh.

  3. Pick the corner points of the mesh.

  4. Pick the corner points of the hole.

    Note that you need to pick the corner points of the hole in the opposite direction than the corner points in the mesh.

  5. Click the middle mouse button to finish the picking.

  6. Pick a point to indicate the direction of the longitudinal bars.

Create a bent reinforcement mesh

  1. On the Rebar tab, hold down Shift and click Mesh.

    The Rebar mesh properties open in the property pane.

  2. In the Mesh type list, select Bent.
    Note:

    You cannot change the mesh type once the mesh has been created.

  3. Enter the bending radius.
  4. Select the part to reinforce.

    Tekla Structures attaches the mesh to this part.

  5. Pick points to indicate the bending shape of the crossing bars.

  6. Click the middle mouse button to finish picking.
  7. Pick two points to indicate the length and direction of the longitudinal bars.

    Tekla Structures creates the mesh.

  8. If you want to modify the reinforcement mesh, do one of the following:
    • Use direct modification. Ensure that the Direct modification switch is active.

    • Double-click the reinforcement to open the Rebar mesh properties and modify the properties.

Create a customized reinforcement mesh

You can create a customized reinforcement mesh that consists of two perpendicular bar groups.

  1. On the Rebar tab, hold down Shift and click Mesh.

    The Rebar mesh properties open in the property pane.

  2. In the Layout section, select the Custom Mesh option.
  3. Enter an identifier for the mesh in the Mesh box.

    The default identifier is Custom Mesh.

  4. Modify the other mesh properties as needed.
  5. Select the part to reinforce.

    Tekla Structures attaches the mesh to this part.

  6. Pick two points to indicate the direction of the longitudinal bars.
  7. If you want to define the mesh plane, pick one more point.
  8. Click the middle mouse button to finish picking.
  9. If needed, you can save customized properties as property files, and load these properties later on when you create new meshes.
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