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Allplan Bridge is the professional BIM solution for modeling, analysis, design, and detailing. Engineers work with a single solution from parametric model creation with high level of detail including pre-stressing to integration of the construction process, structural analysis, and reinforcement design and detailing.
Allplan Bridge 2021
Improved interaction between Allplan and Allplan Bridge
Allplan Bridge now offers the option of placing intelligent objects (e.g. street lights, elastomeric bearings, bored piles, ...) at defined positions with correct alignment and predefined parameters. When the bridge model is transferred to Allplan, parametric objects (so-called PythonParts) with the predefined properties are automatically placed at the corresponding positions. Additionally, to the direct definition of the parameters, they can also be automatically placed according to the defined geometry. This significantly speeds up the generation of a detailed bridge model, including reinforcement if necessary. In addition, changes can be made particularly easily due to the parametric nature of these objects.
Allplan Bridge uses the multi-mode Response Spectrum Method for evaluating the effects of seismic loading. The solution consists of 2 separate tasks in the calculation procedure, firstly the determination of the relevant natural modes of the structural system and secondly the evaluation of the response spectrum prescribed in the design code.
Calculation of Eigen Modes
The natural modes of the structure are calculated on the undamped system by determining the roots of the homogeneous equation system [K]*u - Ω2*[M]*u = 0. A subspace iteration scheme is used to find the eigenvalues of this equation system and thus the natural frequencies Ω and relevant displacement directions for computing the mode shapes. Further also the mass matrix is required, representing the vibrating masses of the structure, as governing parameter of the Eigen value calculation. In the program, the self-weights and superimposed dead loads as defined for the static load-case calculation and any further user defined mases are considered for calculating a consistent mass matrix.
Response Spectrum Analysis
In case of an earthquake, the actual extent of excitation of the different natural modes is dependent on the direction of the seismic waves (ground accelerations), the corresponding mass participation and on the damping behavior of the structure. The analytic solutions for typical structures and unit impacts are provided in the design codes as relevant response spectra, specifying the relevant proportionality factors for the individual eigenmodes dependent on the natural frequency. The calculated amplitudes related to the individual natural modes are superimposed using different methods described in literature. The program offers the ABS-method, the SRSS method, and the Complete Quadratic Combination (CQC). Three separate calculations are provided to consider different possible earthquake directions, transverse, longitudinal and vertical directions. These different cases are combined to get finally the envelope of extreme values.
The table definition and visualization of the combination scheme allows for highest usability and perfect overview. The table form gives the user an overview not only of the defined load factors but also of different types of combinations. The combination type becomes an important attribute when the code-based design is performed. It allows specific design procedures for automatically using the corresponding combinations.
Allplan Bridge 2021
The Worlds first complete
solution for Bridge Engineers
Once the global effects are calculated and the relevant envelopes have been created the user can perform code dependent design tasks to determine the required reinforcement content. After the reinforcement area has been calculated or manually specified, ULS and SLS checks can be performed according to EN code, and ULS flexural capacity checks also according to AASHTO LRFD.
Further New Features
There are many further features and improvements included in this version. An important new functionality is the possibility to interactively moving a station or a section. Furthermore, it is possible to interactively displaying the cross-section at any point along the structure. This gives the user a better control of the parametrically defined geometry. Some new features are available also for tendon modeling. For example, it is possible to use a longitudinal eccentricity for the tendon point definition. This minimizes the necessary definition of stations. A further new functionality is a sophisticated tendon report, which generates an Excel sheet containing not only geometrical data but also certain analytical data, e.g. the initial forces in the tendon. What is more, the construction sequence calculation is extended with a detailed computation of camber values, which are exported to an Excel sheet.
Technical support from bridge experts
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