Wind bracings
Very easy with SolidSteel parametric for Siemens NX

Wind bracing are an important component of steel structures. Especially in plant engineering, they are also larger in size and serve not only to stiffen the structure against weather influences, but also to brace against high mechanical loads due to weight, vibration and others. In two simple steps we will show you how to place a wind bracing consisting of L-sections and corresponding gusset plates as connections using SolidSteel parametric for Siemens NX.

exact placement of profiles

As you can see in the screenshot, the profiles have already been placed and are also already in the correct orientation in the 3D model. In our video you can see how easy it is to place the profiles. The profiles are on the given system lines from Siemens NX.

Often, however, the system sketches come from static systems. In these cases, the lines often meet at a sketch point. For the static calculation of the model this is absolutely correct, but for the design we might need more space for some connection details.

For this purpose SolidSteel parametric for Siemens NX offers the possibility to move profiles independently from their system line. This is fast and the sketch does not have to be changed.

All set offsets remain even after a parametric change of the 3D model and the profiles follow the changes with the offsets.

Connecting the profiles

Once all profiles have been correctly aligned and adapted to the installation situation, the diagonal profiles only need to be connected to the columns using appropriate connections typical for steel structures. Gusset plates are often used for this purpose, but it would also be possible to connect the profiles with other connections such as end plates.

In this example, we use the gusset plate function of SolidSteel parametric for Siemens NX, which was explained in detail in this video. However, the procedure is also explained in a few words. In the 3D model, the diagonal profile is selected, as well as the connection surface on the column. Immediately the user gets a preview of the gusset plate and can adjust the new component according to the specifications of the statics. This can affect the shape, distances between holes, bolt diameter, bolt type and many other settings.

On completion, the dialog only needs to be confirmed and the gusset plate is created. Optionally, welded assemblies can be created automatically.

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