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Connecting beams at different elevations

Connecting beams at different elevations

Connecting beams at different elevations


In Mechanica, how does one "connect" two beams that are running perpendicular to each other at different elevations?  For example, one W12x30 beam running north-south "sits" on a W12x35 beam running east-west.  In real life the beams will be welded or bolted together at the section they contact each other.  How do I make the appropriate connections in Mechanica so that the bottom beams support the top ones?

I could do it using solid elements, but since the structure is large, I'd very much prefer to use the beam elements in Mechanica.

Thank you in advance,

Eric Sundman

RE: Connecting beams at different elevations

Just add a datum point at the intersection point and attach
your beams all to this point. So instead of 2 beams, you
will have 4 beams, which all share this one common point.

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