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Last modified by Iwona Budny Bjergø on 2024/02/08 13:56


In-plane graph position

From now on, Converted loads, Connection forces, Reactions, Bar internal forces/stresses and Virtual bar internal forces can be rotated in the plane of the screen, if they are perpendicular to the default plane of the graph. This optional setting is available in the Display options of each result.


Rotate numeric values to screen plane

A new option is now available that allows numerical result values to be oriented horizontally and into the plane of the screen in any view (Quick tools > Display settings > Detailed settings > Result).


Display unit for numeric values

In the visualization of results and in documentation, it can be essential to display the units alongside the result values. This is now possible with the new option: Display unit (Quick tools > Display settings > Detailed settings > Result).


Background settings for numeric values

To enhance the readability of the numerical values on result figures, you can now add backgrounds to the value labels.


You can specify a default or a unique colour for the background of numerical values using the Default settings or Properties function of the Numeric value tool.


Enhanced color palette display settings

The use of colours for visualization is the most representative tool for most result types. Therefore, FEM-Design 23 introduces a new colour palette assignment interface, providing a simpler yet more detailed way to assign proper colours to required values. The new interface is available for both Colour palette and Contour lines visualization modes, offering the following new features:

  • Setting minimum/maximum values
  • Specifying distribution step number or value
  • Table-based value-colour assignment
  • Reset range modes
  • Rounding min/max values to a specified number of valid digits


Display result in a new window

It is now possible to display a selected result in a new window using a quick method: right click on a selected results > Display in new window.


Improved results structure in Quick Tools

From now on, the available results are listed in Quick tools in the same hierarchical structure and groups, as the selected corresponding calculations.


New result types for unstable plastic load combination

In plastic analysis, when the load level does not reach 100%, there are two new results within the “Plasticity - First unstable state” results. The new results are “Unbalanced nodal resultant forces” and “Unbalanced nodal resultant moments”.

These results show the locations of unbalanced forces or moments that occur during plastic analysis and that cause equilibrium errors in the iteration method.


Virtual bar

FEM-Design 23 offers the ability to derive integrated results from multiple objects in a given line, allowing one object to be included in different object groups. You can easily define these configurations, simplifying the process.

This functionality is made possible with the introduction of the new Virtual bar tool. With it, you have the flexibility to define a line by specifying its endpoints and assign any number of shells to it. As a result, you can visualize internal forces along this line. The internal forces at a specific point on the integrated result line are computed by taking the common section of the assigned objects with the plane perpendicular to the line at that point. Subsequently, the internal forces of these sections are then reduced and summarized to the given point to determine the resultant forces.


The Virtual bar tool allows you to define integrated result lines. Within a model, you can place any number of virtual bars in any position. The integrated result lines are conveniently listed in the Filter dialog (Quick tools). Results are calculated for load cases, construction stages and load combinations.


The calculation and display settings for Virtual bars can be customized.


Results from Virtual bars can be easily listed or viewed in detailed results. Moreover, you have the capability to assign Result points to these bars to monitor specific locations deemed important for the analysis.


Export reactions as loads

Reaction results can be exported as loads, offering a convenient workflow for scenarios where the structure analysis and design tasks are distributed among different designers based on storeys, design units, diverse material components, etc.


The characteristics of the new feature:

  • The new Export reactions as loads command is situated in the Analysis tab.
  • It becomes active, if there are valid results for at least the load cases.
  • When using the command, support objects can be selected (use Enter for selecting the entire model).
  • You must specify whether you require load case or load combination results.
  • Various options are available for the generated load types
  • You can apply filters to refine the value set of the exported loads. Loads with nearly zero intensity are excluded, regardless of the filter settings.
  • The resulting loads are exported into a .struxml file, which can be seamlessly opened or pasted into FEM-Design, similar to an .str file.