Category Archives: Frame Analysis

Section Properties with MeshPY, including torsion and warping

I recently discovered robbie van leeuwen’s structural engineering blog, which has an open-source set of Python routines for calculation of section properties, including torsion and warping constants.  The program uses the MeshPY Library for generating the finite element meshes required … Continue reading

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Stepping through 3DFrame

Following a recent comment this post looks at the code for setting up the stiffness matrix for a 3D frame, and how to step through any selected part of the code. The general procedure for setting up a 3D stiffness matrix, … Continue reading

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Using the Frame Analysis Spreadsheets

Following some recent questions in the comments, here are some answers: How can nodal moments be created? The current versions only allow for forces to be applied to beams, but any point load or moment applied at the start or … Continue reading

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Installing Frame4 and 3DFrame

Following a recent comment I have added a VBA only version to the download files of the frame analysis spreadsheets: 3DFrame.zip Frame4.zip The VBA versions should work on any version of Excel from 2007, with macros enabled, without any further installation. The … Continue reading

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3DFrame update

The update to the Glob_to_loc3 and Loc_to_glob3 functions (and associated functions) has now been transferred to the 3DFrame spreadsheet, which will now give correct results when beams are defined in the global negative Z direction.  The revised spreadsheet (including full … Continue reading

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Update to Glob_to_loc3 and Loc_to_glob3 functions

Following a comment here I have updated the Glob_to_loc3 and Loc_to_glob3 functions to deal with some problems when the local longitudinal axis is parallel to the global Y or Z axes.  The IP2 spreadsheet, including the revised functions, can be downloaded from: … Continue reading

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ConBeamU 4.13

The continuous beam analysis spreadsheet, ConBeamU, is now up to version 4.13 with some minor bug-fixes, and the addition of a non-linear option for the BeamAct functions. See ConBeamU for more details of the functions available in the spreadsheet. Download … Continue reading

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