STRUCT for Scaffolding structural analysis

STRUCT is an additional module of PON CAD specifically designed for analysis of finite elements of Scaffolding, Stages and Roofing.

The user can switch from the PON CAD scaffolding designer to the STRUCT module in one click, then execute the analysis of the drawn structure with the automatic assignment of the materials, the tubular sections and the loading planes (decks and tarpaulins).

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STRUCT Functions for scaffold structural analysys

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STRUCT has the following functions:

  • it executes the calculation and verification of finite elements of scaffolding, stages and roofing in aluminum and steel;
  • it verifies any type of structure without any limitations on scheme complexity;
    verification for scaffold steel members as per EN 12811, performed accordingly to EN 1993-1-1 – Eurocode 3.
    It works in compliance with the technical regulations in force in Europe.
    Structural checking is conducted at the Ultimate Limit State and is customizable with an easy-to-use scripting language;
  • it verifies Tube and Fitting, Frame scaffolding, Multidirectional scaffolding and Stages;
  • automatic assignment of materials and cross-sections from libraries;
  • automatic assignment of self-weight, live and wind loads; user can change any parameter related to loading, such as wind and snow site, deck loads and many others;
  • automated generation of load combinations and equivalent loading for structural imperfections;
  • linear static analysis with integrated solver OOFEM;
  • generation of the analysis report in WORD format, including automatically generated screenshots. See an example of analysis report (Acrobat PDF format);
  • user can export the model to SAP2000® with all loads and combinations.
  • STRUCT can be also used independently for any application of metal structures.

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Other methods of structural analysis

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To execute the structural analysis of a project realized with PON CAD besides the use of the STRUCT module there are two other possible methods:

  1. PON CAD generates a standard file in DXF format of the designed project which can be imported into the most popular structural verification software for steel. To test compatibility download an example of DXF; the DXF generated is:
    • cleaned up by factors that are useless for structural checking;
    • divided by layer and by color according to the sections of the tubular elements;
    • structural decking simulation with truss is supported.
  2. Through the program DOLMEN  which has been integrated with PON CAD for the verification of scaffolding. The integration between the two programs allows to:
    • always perform the detailed analysis of any type of structure, without any limitation, from the simplest facade scaffolding to the most complex;
    • check the scaffolding using the Finite Element method (F.E.M.), with the method of admissible tensions, with the limit state method (calculation at the elastic limit);