Steel connections can be designed from within RISA-3D using the integration with RISAConnection. Before you start your connection design, you’ll need to define the type of connection and assign the connections to the beams. Just follow these steps in the RISA-3D model:
1. Define the Member Types in your RISA-3D model.
You can define the member type (Column, Beam, Vbrace or HBrace) when you draw the member or you can graphically modify the member type after it’s drawn using Modify- Members. A third option is to modify it within the Members spreadsheet.
2. Define the Connection rules.
The program is automatically loaded with default connection types or you can create more by pressing enter at the bottom of the Connection Rule spreadsheet.
3. Assign the Connection rules to the beams.
You can assign the Connection Rules graphically by going to Modify > Members:
Or in the Members spreadsheet (on the RISAConnection tab) you can define the Start Conn and End Conn:
Note: You only need to apply the Connection Rules to the beams; not the columns.
You can solve a single load combination or a batch Solution.
RISAConnection will automatically open on your computer and you can begin to design the connections.