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Point support group propertyDescription
Icon1585145366443-991.png
Modules where available1585145380361-224.png 1585145406791-966.png 1585145414746-885.png 1585145444128-938.png 1585145472524-599.png
Motion component directionArbitrary direction in Global XY plane in 1585145435254-437.png  1585145427061-389.png
 Arbitrary direction in 1585145448513-234.png 1585145468708-158.png
Rotation component directionArbitrary direction in Global XY plane in 1585145390649-355.png
 Not available in 1585145402044-548.png 1585145418577-933.png 
 Arbitrary direction in 1585145450354-600.png 1585145465565-898.png
Geometry- (insertion point)
Available analysis resultsReaction forces and moments
Load can be assignedPoint support motion load 1585145482544-872.png
Default Short CommandSPG

Definition steps

warning.pngWhile support definition, keep in mind not to create unstable situation! For example in 3D modules, model a hinged support under a wall with hinged line support added to a wall at its rigid edge or with rigid line support added to a wall at its hinged wall. In case of unstable situation the program sends a warning message during calculation.

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Figure: Modeling same wall support condition in two ways

  1. If needed (and available in the current FEM-Design module), set a proper position for the working plane.
  2. Start the required support command from 1585145535323-432.png  tabmenu and choose 1585145541678-956.png  Define.
  3. In case of single Support, choose the displacement type you would like to be define:
    • 1585145547383-422.png  Motion
    • 1585145553532-957.png  Rotation
  4. Set the support properties as mentioned before in the applied support’s Default settings dialog. See the settings possibilities and options at Properties (Non-Linear Behaviors).
    In the settings dialog of a curved line support, the support direction has to set fixed or variable along the support’s reference line.
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     Figure: Possible support directions in case of curved reference line
  5. Define the required support component direction for the single Support or set the reference system for the Support group.
  6. Choose a geometry definition method for the support’s reference point/line/region.
  7. Define the support in the model view based on the chosen geometry method.

Optional steps:

  1. Modify the geometry with the Edit menu commands valid for line/region elements.
  2. Modify the support properties with the 1585145568759-165.png  Properties tool of the support’s tool palette.
  3. Set the display settings of supports at Settings > All > Display > Support.1585145602181-743.png
    warning.pngLabel” represents the supports’ ID number generated by analysis/design calculation or by clicking Refresh numbering (Tools menu).

    Rotation support is displayed with symbol strongly different from motion representation.

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    Figure: Typical symbols by support types

    light.pngSupport groups can also be separated from the single Supports by displaying their Local system.

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    Figure: Local system separates a one-component Support group from a same directional single Support

  4. The supports are stored on “Supports” Object layers. At layer settings, the default color of the single Supports and pen width of all support types can be set. The color and the symbol line type (e.g. dotted) of selected supports can be modified by Edit > Properties > Change appearance.
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