System Features

  • Full 32-bit Windows XP/VISTA/WIN7 System
  • Parametric modeller for automatically meshing a large range of structure types
  • Integrated, fully-featured, CAD modeller for graphically modifying the structure and applying loads
  • Comprehensive analysis module that includes 2D/3D frame, grillage, plate and shell elements
  • Capacity of over 12,000 nodes and members, 6000 elements and over 3000 loadings
  • Dynamic analysis module (fundamental modes and frequencies only)
  • Second-order solution module
  • Prestressed Concrete Design Module (PSC) for the design of pretensioned Super-T beams
  • Incremental Launching Module (ILB) for straight or curved bridges
  • Continuous Beam Module (ACES-BEAM) for rapid line modelling of bridges

Modelling Features

  • Permits rapid modelling of 2D/3D structures using standard model templates
  • Includes a range of beam, grillage and Finite Element plate and shell elements
  • Models bridge decks as continuous beams, grillages, slabs, slab+grillage, frames or box girders
  • Other model types include culverts, tanks, silos, wingwalls and footings
  • Paste geometry data from other apps or enter frame/grillage data into spreadsheets
  • Incremental launching module for straight or curved bridges
  • Large range of static, earth pressure and moving vehicle loads
  • Graphical results can be viewed as values, envelopes, contours or solid shaded diagrams
  • Includes an on-line library of standard Australian member shapes and properties
  • A concise User Manual is provided with the system
  • HTML based on-line help system

Mesh Generation of Structure Geometry

  • Automatic mesh generation of beam, grillage, slab, slab+grillage or box girder bridges
  • Structures may be single span or multi-span continuous
  • Data entry using simple templates (span lengths, number of girders, girder spacings, etc)
  • Structures may be straight, curved or of arbitrary plan shape
  • Auto-mesh generation of 2D/3D Super-T beam grillages
  • Supports in 2D/3D structures can be normal or skewed in any direction
  • Parametric generation of a range of other structure types (multi-bay frames, trusses, tanks, silos, boxes and wingwalls)
  • Click here to view a static screen image of a grillage model

Moving Vehicle Loads

  • Automatic movement of single or multiple vehicle loads, both along and across the structure
  • Automatic generation of the full AUSTROADS SM1600 design envelopes
  • Supports up to 5 vehicles in any one load case - vehicles can all be identical or all different
  • Each vehicle can move along its own unique path or on the same path
  • Vehicle paths can be straight or lie on a circular curve
  • Moving trains of vehicle loads can act in the longitudinal and transverse directions as well as vertically
  • Vehicles with up to 99 axles can be created and saved to the vehicle data base
  • Each axle can have a variable number of wheels and wheel spacings
  • Vehicles and patch loads can be applied within predefined lanes
  • A library of standard AS5100, AUSTROADS and BS5400 vehicles are provided
  • Multiple patch (lane-type) loads can be applied simultaneously with moving vehicle loads
  • Auto-patterning of lane loads
  • Trains of horizontal & transverse loads can be moved simultaneously with vertical load
  • Click here to view static screen images of a typical model

Static Loads

  • A full range of static loads are available including nodal, member and element loads
  • Patch loads include an auto-generated lane load feature
  • All static loads can be simultaneously applied with moving vehicle loads
  • Earth pressure and hydrostatic loads can be easily applied to walls and tanks/silos

Graphical Results

  • All results, for every load case and every vehicle position, can be graphically viewed and printed
  • Results include deformations, reactions, axial forces, moments, shears, torsions
  • Element stresses are given for shell element models
  • Moment triads (Wood-Armer formulation) are provided for plate element models
  • Results can be displayed as numeric values, line diagrams, contour diagrams or solid-shaded (filled) diagrams
  • Member results can be superimposed onto one another (moments, shears, torsions)
  • Display of maximum/minimum values of M, V, Torsion and their corresponding values
  • Distribution factors for a user-selected range of members
  • Full enveloping of moving vehicle loads giving the load number producing maximum effects
  • Any number of envelopes can be created, viewed and saved to a file in text form
  • Envelopes can themselves be enveloped and summed
  • Create envelopes from multiple model files (stage-construction)
  • Click here to view static screen images of a typical grillage model

Tabular Reports

  • Print all results, for every load case and every vehicle position
  • Results include deformations, reactions, axial forces, moments, shears, torsions
  • Element stresses for shell elements
  • Moment triads (Wood-Armer formulation) are provided for plate element model
  • Envelope one or more existing envelopes
  • Envelope maximum/minimum values of one vector with corresponding values of all others
  • Loading producing the maximum value is shown
  • Results can be printed as tabular numeric values or saved to text files
  • Vehicle position can be superimposed onto member moment, shear, torsion or deflection diagrams
  • Distribution factors for any vehicle position can be easily obtained for any member range
  • Any number of envelopes can be created and printed or saved to a file in text form
  • Results can be saved to file in spread-sheet format
  • Click here to view static screen images of a typical grillage model

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • 1Gb RAM
  • 2 or 3 button mouse
  • Minimum of 100 Mb free hard disk space (varies depending on model size)
  • 200 Mb disk space for dynamic analysis (fundamental frequencies)

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