Opens the Advanced Plate System Properties dialog box to view and modify the properties of the advanced plate system. The software defines the default properties from the selected structural specification and the advanced plate system rules. For more information, see Advanced Plate System Properties Dialog Box.
Specifies the advanced plate system macro to use. The macro that you select determines the inputs that the software requires. Select one of the following:
Advanced plate system macros on the selected tab of the Advanced Plate Palette dialog box. The current macro is the default value.
Recently selected macros.
Construction - Creates a custom advanced plate system by using a basic geometric construction macro. For more information, see Geometric Constructions.
APS Icon Browser - Displays the Advanced Plate Palette Dialog Box.
More - Displays a list of all available advanced plate system macros. For more information, see Select Macro Dialog Box.
Specifies the primary members that support the side plate. These members can be rolled members or built-up members. Their physical axes must be coplanar and connected at the end points. Select the first two members in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. The first member that you select defines the X-axis for the side plate. The second member that you select defines the Y-axis for the side plate.
(Optional) Specifies secondary members that are attached to the face of the side plate.
For a new advanced plate system, you can identify the status of input items by the background color of the step:
- No background color when no input is selected.
- Yellow background when an input is newly selected.
- Yellow background when you change a parameter from the default value.
- Blue background when you previously selected an input.
Selected inputs appear highlighted in pink in the Workspace Explorer and as pink dotted lines in the graphic view:
Clears the selection for the current step.
Accepts the selection for the current step.
Completes the advanced plate system definition, shows a preview of the system, and returns to the Advanced Plate System ribbon. For more information, see Advanced Plate System.
To change the advanced plate system definition, click Select Supports on the Advanced Plate System ribbon.
1 - Weld toe
2 - Fillet
3 - Cutback
4 - Cutback 2
5 - Slope ratio
Specifies the offset distance between the edges of the members and the side plate free edges.
Specifies the radius of the fillet between two successive line segments of the side plate free edge.
Specifies the distance to cut back the incoming members away from the fillet of the side plate free edge.
Specifies the distance to cut back the second line of incoming members away from the fillet of the side plate free edge.
Specifies the slope of sniped corners at the side plate free edges.
Specifies the distance to extend the trimming planes. If the macro does not properly extend the trimming planes through all of the member cross-section, you can increase this value.
Specifies the flange location of the side plate. Select Front or Back.