May 10, 2011

Are You Receiving Instability Warnings for Your Truss Model in RISA-3D?

When running a truss model in RISA-3D or RISA-2D, it’s quite common to receive an instability warning, but these can be easily resolved by following a few simple rules.

Instability warning

Rule #1:

Every joint in your model needs to have at least one member with a fixed end release. In trusses, it’s typical to have all members with pinned end releases so be sure to change the end releases to comply with this rule.

Badjoint Goodjoint

Rule #2:

Brace the truss so it doesn’t “flop” out of plane. You can do this by creating an additional boundary condition to brace all of the joints for any out of plane motion. Assuming the truss is in the XY plane, below is the boundary condition you can add:

AL Lboundarycondition

Tags: RISA-3D Instability

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