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10/10/2014 How Do You Modify Plate Orientation on STAAD.Pro V8i?

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How Do You Modify Plate Orientation on STAAD.Pro V8i?
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In this exercise, we'll take a look at how we can modify the orientation of plates. So,
the first thing I'll do is use the keyboard hotkey Shift and the letter T to turn on plate
orientation, and we can see that we have a variety of different orientations in this
model. If I zoom in a little bit and pan and rotate, we can see that some of the plates
have their local z-axes pointing upward and some have local z-axes pointing downward.
Well, it's OK to have plates in a variety of orientations like this, as far as an analysis is concerned.
It could lead to quite a bit of confusion when it comes to trying to interpret the output
results because the tops of some plates would refer to the surface that's closest to us
and the tops of other plates would actually be the surfaces facing away from us. So we'd
like to bring some consistency to all the plates in this model. Before we actually apply
the command that will do that, I'll use Shift-T to turn off plate orientation and I'll use
the keyboard hotkeys of Shift and a letter P to turn on plate numbers. And I'm going
to focus entirely on this plate right here, plate number 31. I'll select it and
then say View, New View, Create a New Window, so that we can look just at plate number 31.
And then what I'll do is I'll use the keyboard hotkeys Shift and the letter N to turn on
the node numbers, and we'll observe that plate number 31 has nodes 1, 41,
32, and 33 as its corner nodes. I'll use the plates cursor to double-click
the plate and actually observe the node numbers in order. And they are in that order, 1,
41, 32, 33. So this plate was defined in a clockwise orientation.
I can also confirm that by turning the plate orientation back on, Shift and the letter
T, and we can see that if we traced around this plate with the fingers of our right hand,
that our right thumb would point down, coordinating with the downward direction of
the local z-axis. So Shift and the letter T to clean things up just a little bit here.
And what we'll do now is come back to our plate query and make one more observation that the
Y coordinates of all four corner nodes of this plate are zero. So what this means is
that this mesh that we're looking at was created in the Y=0 elevation. So what we might conceivably
want to do is orient all of these plates so that they point with their z-axes upward.
The command to do that can be found under the Commands item in the menu bar and then
Geometric Constants and Plate Reference Point. In the Plate Reference Point dialog, since
I know that these plates all exist in the Y=0 plane. All I need to do is enter any positive
Y coordinate to identify a point. So I'll just enter a value of 10. I'll say that I want
the local z-axes to point toward that reference point, and then I'll say that I want this
to be applied to the entire view rather than just to selected plates, and then say OK.
The command has just been applied, and if I use the keyboard hotkey Shift and the letter
T to turn on plate orientation and turn off the plate numbers, I can rotate things a little
bit. And we can now clearly see that all of the z-axes point upward, as we intended. The
last thing that I'll do is with my plates cursor -- I'll select this plate number 31
and I will say, again, View, New View, Create a Separate Window. And I'll now turn on the
node numbers, Shift-N, and we can see that the nodes exist in the exactly the same locations.
We said before that we had our nodal incidences that went 1, 41, 32, 33.
What we'll see now, if we query this plate by double-clicking, is that we have nodes
in exactly the opposite order: 33, 32, 41, and 1. So the point
here is to say that when we change the orientation of a plate, the command does not actually
move any nodes, but instead it just redefines the nodal incidences that are used to establish
the direction or orientation of the plate.
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