June 30, 2011

How to Model a Void in a RISASection Shape

In order to model built-up or composite sections, RISASection includes the Property Multiplier, an input value which specifies the relative weight of the shape’s modulus of elasticity to that of the overall section. This value can also be used to model a void or a hole in the shape.

For instance, the section below can be difficult to model using only built up shapes. But if you utilize the void option, it becomes easy to model.

Modeling a Void in the Section 1

Using concrete quarter circle shapes to model the voided areas, place these shapes at the corner locations of the original concrete square shape.

Modeling a Void in the Section 2

Access the Shape Layout Editor by selecting Shape Layout from the Section menu. In this menu, you can manually change the Multiplier value to 1 for the rectangle and to -1 for all four of the quarter circle shapes.

Modeling a Void in the Section 3

Making these shapes negative will void out the corners of the original concrete square and thereby update the Properties results to reflect the reduced section.

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