Category Archives: Strand7

Using Excel with Python and ctypes

The Strand7 API provides an interface between the Strand7 Finite Element Analysis program and external software. It works with many different languages, including Python, which uses ctypes to transfer data to and from the API functions. It is essential that … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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