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What is SAF?
Who supports SAF?
Best practice for SAF implementation
Project and model specifications
Structural analysis elements
Supports and hinges
Description ID of the profile
Supported shapes of parametric cross-section
Supported shapes of compound section
Supported design properties of the materials
Composite Shape Definition
Composite Shape definition is
when the cross-section type in
sheet is set as "General".
types of a cross-section, is Composite Shape Definition is
, offering the possibility to share detailed shape definition, for better classification of the profile.
Specification in excel:
Name of the column header
Type of data
Value example or enum definition
Name of the profile from the
Material name #
yes, if polygon is not opening
Name reference to the existing
Polygon contour #
-75.0; 105.0| -175.0; 5.0| 175.0; 5.0| 75.0; 105.0
yes (at least one)
This attribute is used to define the cross-section geometry as a polygon contour.
One cross-section shape can consist of more polygons.
contour are defined clockwise.
The format of the data is:
Unique attribute designation
The symbol "#" means indexing of the name columns, depends on how many polygons is used, starts from 1
The contour defined clockwise is opening
The contour defined counter clockwise is polygon of the general cross-section (relation between LCS and counter clockwise direction is shown below)
Each polygon has a defined material which is name reference to existing material in
The opening has no material definition
Each polygon contour has to be closed
The set of all polygons and openings defines one general cross-section (one row in the Excel table)
The number of polygons is limited to 99. The definition of the general shape has to consist of at least one polygon which is not the opening.
CompositeShapeDef example with opening is shown below. A,B,C,D are defining the contour of cross-section (counter clockwise polygon) and E,F,K,L are defining the opening (clockwise polygon).
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