Define Load Cases - PDS - Training

FrameWorks Plus Tutorial

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By defining load cases in the seed model, you save time by not having to define them in each new model you create in the project. In addition, you can write your load cases and load combination definitions to an ASCII file for portability between FrameWorks Plus projects. Do not save the ASCII file to the product folder, as it will be overwritten when you re-install FrameWorks Plus.

While you can create new load cases as you are placing loads, you have more control over the load case symbology (color, weight, level) if you create the load cases before placing loads.

  1. Click Tools > Analytical.

  2. Click Create Load Case.

  3. Create a dead load case using the following values:

    Load Case Name: dead
    Load Case Type: Dead Load
    Color: 3 (red)
    Level: 21

  4. Click Save to save the load case.

    Now create three more load cases: Live, Wind, and Self.

    Use the following values for each:

Name

Type

Color

Level

Direction

Factor

Live

Live Load

2 (green)

22

Wind

Wind Load

5 (purple)

23

Self

Self Weight

Z

-1

  1. Click Save after defining each load case. Then click Cancel to dismiss the dialog box.

  2. Click Settings > Symbology > Loads.

  3. Change the load type button at the top of the dialog box to Distributed.

  4. Set the scaling attributes to:

    L1 = 1
    F1 = 0.1
    L2 = 2
    F2 = 1

    These scaling attributes control the size of the load graphic in proportion to the load magnitude. In other words, the larger the load magnitude, the larger the load graphic.

  5. Select Use Load Case Color.

  6. Select Use Load Case Weight.

  7. Click OK to save your changes.

  8. Click File > Save FWP Settings.

Continue to the next activity.