Strengthening of existing steel members

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Applying additional loads to existing structures or building renovations together with CO2 consumption has is an increasingly very hot topic more and more. Proper assessment of the strengthened structure might be a tough task. But not with IDEA StatiCa Member!

Construction stages and strengthening

Construction stages (known as Preload in the Member application) are used when, say, an engineer needs to check a member based on a new load distribution against an existing load pattern. Using this method, specific and targeted strengthening works can be designed. 

Strengthening a building, rather than demolition, can be a complex solution, which is why this method has been introduced. It aims to allow design teams to formulate a strategy that saves buildings and reduces CO2 emissions. There are several examples in engineering where this is required: where solar PV panels are used on existing roofs, leading to increased loading and uplift, or re-modeling of retail premises where stairs and openings are never in the right place.

Define a new Check type of the pre-load to allow the software to introduce additional loading after the required ULS loading checks have been completed. Thanks to this, you can clearly see pass/fail results, including the, e.g., stress in the existing structure, and in the plates of the added strengthening.

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Release notes IDEA StatiCa 23.1