Truss joint design with open sections

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Here at IDEA StatiCa, we are verifying our software against other established methods. So, join our Technical Manager, Costis Hatzopoulos, who took a look into a truss joint design with open sections based on the article on the same topic published in New Steel Construction magazine in January 2020.

The article was published by David Brown, Associate Director at the SCI. 

While the topology of such joint is quite common, the drawback lies in the correct application of the code provisions for its calculation.

The original article published in News Steel Construction demonstrates the detailed way of design and calculation of a  truss joint design with open sections. The only difference between hand calculation and using IDEA StatiCa is that software does not require disruption of standard workflows or make any tough decisions to model and design these configurations. It can be modeled in minutes and provide expected and reliable results.

Read the full article Truss joint design with open sections and remember Costis’s words: “Connection design does not need to be frustrating!

And what about your experience? Have you ever tried to compare your IDEA StatiCa results with hand calculations or advanced Excel sheets? Share your findings with us, we are excited to hear about that.

And, if you want to see in real the comparison of IDEA StatiCa and hand calculation using Excel, watch our webinar from February 2020, where our product engineers ran this test live.