NextFEM

Designer
User’s manual

 

Version 1.9

 

© NextFEM 2015-2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Index

1.      Introduction. 8

1.1.         Editions of NextFEM Designer 8

1.2.         Installing NextFEM Designer 8

1.3.         License Activation. 8

1.4.         Manual and Support 8

1.5.         User interface. 9

2.      Modelling with NextFEM Designer 11

2.1.         User controls. 11

Mouse usage. 11

Keyboard shortcuts. 11

Command line options. 12

2.2.         Local axis conventions. 13

Beams. 13

Sections. 13

Planar elements. 13

Solid elements. 13

Section cut 14

2.3.         File menu. 14

 New.. 14

open32 Open. 14

save32Save. 14

save32 Save as: 14

 Close. 14

import32Import 14

import32Merge. 14

import32Import OpenSees results. 14

import32 Import additional datasets. 15

export32Export 16

 Exit 16

2.4.         Edit menu. 16

materialMaterial 16

sectSections. 18

Composite sections. 20

Strength calculator 21

LCLoad cases. 24

sismaFunctions. 24

draw48 Set units. 25

check32 Check element connectivity: 26

check32 Check element overlap. 26

check32 Check for free nodes. 26

check32 Check element properties. 26

numbering Renumbering. 27

check32Check line mesh. 27

mergeNodes Nodes tools. 27

mergeNodesMerge overlapped nodes. 27

 Move nodes. 27

rotation Rotate nodes. 27

scaleNodesScale nodes. 28

mirrorMirror nodes. 28

quad16 Mesh tools. 28

tria16Mesh area. 28

quad16Mesh wall 29

quad16Automesh wall 30

solid16Mesh volume. 30

divideDivide and merge. 30

Wall to frame. 31

Extrude section. 31

changeTypeChange element type. 31

estrudiElemExtrude elements. 31

Cut 32

copyCopy. 32

pastePaste. 32

iconmonstr-undo-4-32Undo. 32

Redo. 32

2.5.         View menu. 32

select32 Select all 32

Invert selection. 32

unselect32 Clear selection: 32

close32 Delete selected. 32

gruppiSelect group. 32

Select by name. 33

propSelect by property. 33

Show all 34

Show selection only. 34

Hide selection. 34

box-rotate16 Box pan/rotate: 34

 Move: 34

select32Rectangle Zoom... 34

Views. 34

viewNodes16View nodes. 34

extrude16 Extrude. 34

arrow-16-DOWN Display loads. 34

View controls. 35

recent Model data. 35

modelTree Model tree. 36

Set contour limits. 37

2.6.         Draw menu. 37

nodeNode. 37

nodeNode by coordinates. 37

 Truss. 37

 Beam... 38

 Beam3. 38

tria16Triangle. 38

tria16Triangle6. 38

quad16Quad. 38

quad16 Quad8. 38

tetra16Tetra. 38

tetra16Tetra10. 38

wedge16Wedge. 38

solid16Hexa. 38

solid16Hexa16. 38

solid16Hexa20. 38

spring16 Spring. 38

2.7.         Assign menu. 38

arrow-16-DOWNLoads. 38

autoLoadAutomatic loading. 39

concentratoPoint load. 39

distribDistributed load. 40

temperatureTemperature: 41

edgeEdge load. 42

floorFloor load. 43

surfaceLoadPressure load. 44

volumeLoadVolume load: 44

loadsGenericaPoint displacement: 44

iniTemperatureInitial temperature: 45

prestressPretension load: 45

massePoint Mass. 45

Masses from loads. 45

materialMaterial 46

sectSection. 46

rotationLocal axes rotation. 46

vincRestraints. 46

constraintConstraints. 47

gruppiGroups. 48

endReleaseEnd releases. 48

endOffsetRigid offset 49

elemPropsElement properties. 49

hingesHinges. 50

memberMember 52

rebarRebars. 52

spring16Spring properties. 53

LCBGenerate combinations. 61

LCAnalysis settings. 61

2.8.         Tools menu. 63

arrow-16 Run. 63

 Run selected. 63

cloud2Login to cloud. 63

query2 Query. 64

screen16 Screenshot 65

Model wizard. 65

Frame generator 65

sectFromModelSection from model 65

pluginPlugins. 66

options32Options. 66

2.9.         Results menu. 67

view32 Display results. 67

extrDataExtract data. 68

verifiche16 Verifications. 68

smartCheckSmart checking. 69

fire16Fire checking. 70

Advanced data. 70

report Model report 71

deleteDelete saved results. 71

2.10.      Help menu (?) 71

help16Help. 71

updatesCheck for updates. 71

languageLanguage. 71

License. 72

esclamativoAbout 72

3.      Import/export features. 73

3.1.         Import 73

OpenSees. 73

Midas GEN®. 74

SAP2000®. 75

OOFEM.. 76

ADAPTIC and Zeus-NL. 77

ABAQUS® and CalculiX. 77

Dxf drawing. 77

Straus7®. 78

BIM files –  IFC and IFCxml 78

3.2.         Export 79

ABAQUS®. 79

OpenSees. 79

Midas GEN®. 79

SAP2000®. 80

OOFEM.. 80

Dxf 80

BIM files –  IFC e IFCxml 81

IDEA StatiCa. 81

4.      Customization. 82

4.1.         Expand material library. 82

4.2.         Expand section Library. 82

4.3.         Custom verifications. 83

5.      Getting started and validation. 89

5.1.         Tutorial One. 89

5.2.         Tutorial Two. 99

Case a. 99

Case b. 105

5.3.         Tutorial Three. 111

5.4.         Tutorial Four 114

5.5.         Tutorial Five. 118

5.6.         Tutorial Six. 121

5.7.         Tutorial Seven. 122

6.      License Terms. 127