When to use a stiffening member?

Stiffening members are used to simulate a joint element with cross-sections. The basic difference between a standard member and a stiffening member is, that we can not input any internal forces on the stiffening member. This means, that a stiffening member is not a part of your original FEA 1D member analysis model. Basically, we use standard members only if we need to apply load/constrain on them.

To place stiffening member we add a new manufacturing operation:

Please have a look at the following typical examples when we use Stiffening members:


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