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10.1 (2014 R1)

Specifies the general properties of the nonlinear extruded plate system.


Displays the name of the selected object. If the name is too long to entirely display in the box, hover the cursor over the box to display the complete name as a tool tip. If the name is not defined by a rule, User Defined displays. If this name is generated by a naming rule, Naming Rule displays. If you type a name in this box, Smart 3D automatically changes the naming rule to User Defined.


Select the naming rule to use to name the plate system.

StdPlateSystemNamingRule - Uses syntax based on the reference plane.

  • Plate system on a reference plane: <Reference plane name>-<Index number><Plate type>-<Workshare location ID>. For example, F383-1TBH-1, where F383 is the reference plane name, 1TBH is an index number appended by the Plate Type (Transversal Bulkhead in this example), and the final 1 is the Workshare Location ID. Child plates inherit the parent name and add a unique index number to the end, such as F383-1TBH-1-103.

  • Plate system not created on a reference plane, or on a standalone plane (created from a copy or model data reuse operation): <Global CS axis><Global CS position along the axis in mm>-<Index number><Plate type>-<Workshare location ID>, as shown in the following examples.

Global CS Location: 2 m
XY Plane at Global Z Location: Z2000-1DCK-1
ZX Plane at Global Y Location: Y2000-1LBH-1
YZ Plane at Global X Location: Y2000-1TBH-1

Global CS Location: 2.75 m
XY Plane at Global Z Location: Z2750-1DCK-1
ZX Plane at Global Y Location: Y2750-1LBH-1
YZ Plane at Global X Location: Y2750-1TBH-1

  • Plate system not orthogonal to any major plane: A-<Unique index number><Plate type>-<Workshare location ID>, such as A-202DCK-1.

  • Standalone planes used as boundaries, created from a copy or model data reuse operation: Plane: <Global CS axis> = <Global CS position along the axis>, such as Plane: Z = 2500mm. The name only displays in the Dialog BoxBoundary List Dialog Box.

StdHierarchyChildNamingRule - Uses the following syntax: <Parent system name>-<Object type>. For example, Model_MDB-IJPlate1, where Model_MDB is the parent system, IJPlate is the object type, and 1 is an index number appended to the object type.

  • User Defined - Allows you to type any name.


Specifies the type of plate system that you are placing. Select Deck, Transverse Bulkhead, Longitudinal Bulkhead, Hull, Longitudinal Tube, Transverse Tube, Vertical Tube, Tube Plate, Web Plate, Flange Plate, or General Plate.

If you do not specify a type, the software automatically determines the type based on the plate system orientation. Plate systems that are mostly horizontal (XY plane) are assigned to Deck. Plate systems that are mostly transverse (YZ plane) are assigned to Transverse Bulkhead. Plate systems that are mostly longitudinal (XZ plane) are assigned to Longitudinal Bulkhead. If you are using material handling mode, plate systems are assigned to General Plate.

The naming rule also uses Type to name the plate system.

Naming Category

Specifies the naming category. The naming rule uses the category in naming the profile part that is a child to the profile system.

Parent System

Specifies a parent system for the plate system. You can define parent systems in the Systems and Specifications task. When you create a plate system, the software uses the property values of the parent system as the initial property values for the plate system. When a parent property value changes, the corresponding child property value also updates.

If this plate system is a bracket system, you cannot select another root plate system as the parent system because a bracket system is a root plate system.

Surface Geometry Type

Displays the Molded Forms command used to create the plate system.


Defines the structural specification for the plate system. This property can only be modified at the root system.


Defines an optional description for the plate system.


Specifies the continuity type for the plate system. Continuity defines how the plate system reacts when it intersects another plate or profile system. Select Continuous to indicate that the plate system penetrates the other system. Select Intercostal to indicate that the plate system is penetrated by the other system. This property can only be modified at the root system.

Split Priority

Specifies the continuity priority. This priority is used to specify which plate system is continuous and which penetrated (split) when two plate systems intersect, but have the same value for Continuity. Plate systems with a lower continuity priority (such as 1, 2, or 3) penetrate plate systems with a higher continuity priority (such as 7, 8, or 9). This property can only be modified at the root system.

Structural Priority

Specifies the priority assigned to the object. Structural priority groups and filters plates, such as is needed in Drawings and Reports. The list is defined by the StructuralMemberPriority codelist.

  • Primary is the default value for Molded Forms plate systems.

  • Secondary is the default value for Molded Forms bracket systems.

Tertiary is the default value for Structural Detailing parts, such as collars, standalone plate parts, lapped plate parts, bracket parts, and plate edge reinforcements. These parts do not have parent systems.Tightness

Specifies the level of tightness as it applies to the entire plate system.


Determines whether a leaf system is active and applicable for modeling, drawing, and reporting operations. To exclude the leaf system from these operations, select No. In the Workspace Explorer, the lock icon is shown over the icon of the deactivated leaf system, and the detailed or light part associated with the leaf system is also deleted. In addition, because connections to deactivated leaf system are not valid, you must resolve such invalid connections in the To Do List. To change the leaf profile system back to the active state, select Yes; however, to have the detailed part, you must detail the leaf system explicitly. For information on leaf systems, see Marine Structure Hierarchy in the Workspace Explorer in the Molded Forms User's Guide or in the Common User's Guide.

Identifying Parent Values for Leaf Properties

For a property on a leaf system, the value assigned to the root system contains an asterisk (*), such as:

This makes it easy to see whether the currently assigned value for a leaf property is different from the parent property. You can also change a modifiable leaf property back to the root value without first checking the root value in the root system Properties dialog box.

The asterisk (*) only displays in the Properties dialog box for a leaf system.