Category Archives: Frame Analysis

Dancing Pendulums Revisited

I have previously posted on Dynamically Defined Dancing Pendulums, using the Strand7 FEA program to generate the motion of a series of pendulums of varying length.  I have now updated that video using the latest Beta version of the program (Rel … Continue reading

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Column buckling under multiple loads

Following another buckling discussion at Eng-tips I have modified my Frame4-buckle spreadsheet to allow input of multiple axial loads at any point along the column, along with any number of sections with different section properties.  Background on the method used … Continue reading

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64 bit Excel and the Strand7 API

Back in May 2017 I posted a sample spreadsheet using the Strand7 API to allow Excel to read and write Strand7 node data and results.  A comment noted at the time that the spreadsheet was not working with 64 bit … Continue reading

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3D Frame with zero stiffness hinges

The previous version of 3DFrame allowed for spring releases at beam ends, but if the release stiffness was entered as zero it was treated as a rigid connection for that freedom.  Effectively zero stiffness releases could be modelled by entering … Continue reading

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Transferring large arrays with Pyxll

Pyxll is a commercial Excel add-in linking Excel and Python.  The latest version  offers greatly improved performance in transferring data between Excel and Python as Numpy arrays, amongst many other new features and improvements. To check what this means in practice, … Continue reading

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Using Redim and 3DFrame

I recently received a query about the 3DFrame spreadsheet failing to run.  The problem was that the code was trying to Redim an array that had not been previously created with a Dim statement.  This does not cause a problem … Continue reading

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Beam geometric non-linear effects

A quick and convenient way to allow for the effect of deformations on the behaviour of beams and columns under axial load is to adjust the beam stiffness matrix, so that the calculated deflections are in equilibrium with the applied … Continue reading

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