The Advanced Plate System command creates specialized plate systems that cannot be easily created using other plate system commands in the Molded Forms task, including side plates, ring plates, transition plates, continuity plates, and buckling plates.
With this command, you create a predefined plate using an advanced plate system macro or define your own custom plate using geometric construction interfaces.
Using Advanced Plate Systems with Members
Most advanced plate systems are used with standard and built-up members created with Place Linear Member in the Molded Forms or Structure tasks. Member flanges and webs are trimmed (rebounded) and connected to the advanced plate system. As an example, when you insert an advanced plate system along the length of a standard (rolled) member, typically on the flange, the software creates a penetration connection between the standard member and the advanced plate system.
When you use Execute Detailing to detail the plate, the software automatically creates all connections and penetration seams.
When you modify an existing member, you also must modify connections and trimming by selecting a port and using the Modify Member Generic Assembly Connection ribbon in the Molded Forms and Structural Detailing tasks.
Using Geometric Constructions
When an advanced plate system macro is not available, geometric construction interfaces can be used to create custom plate systems. You can use multiple geometric constructions in sequence. For example, you can create points, create curves from the points, and then create a surface from the curves. Geometric constructions are available by clicking Plate Definition by 3D on the ribbon.
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