SODA 5 Developed by Waterloo Eccentric Software 519-780-8797 firstname.lastname@example.org The following design example provides a quick start tutorial to the SODA software Structural Optimization Design Analysis
SODA - File / New SODA has a graphical interface to enhance the model creation. Entries may be entered manually to the right side of the next slide, but graphical input is much faster.
SODA - Project / Definition Select the following Design, Verify or Analysis 3D or 2D, Frame or Truss First-Order or P Delta, Metric or Imperial CSA S16-01, CSA S16.1-94 or AISC codes CISC SDC or AISC SDA Database
Adding Nodes Nodes are not required to add members Activate the top button to the right of the view ports to add node graphically Activate the fifth button to select nodes or members and the sixth button to move nodes
SODA - Groups Groups are required before members can be added Double click asterisk in Group window to enter first group Enter Group Name, Shape and Color Designation may be selected or left unknown. Freeze Designation by setting Minimum and Maximum to zero Edit allowable slenderness, modulus and stresses, if required
SODA – Creating Members Select the Graphics tab on the right and select ‘Create end nodes for new members…’under the Editing options In the Members list on the Structure tab, One click columns speed up building the model, but check direction and height
SODA – Column Creation Set Y = 8 m in Top View (lower right) and check direction Create four columns with the height and the direction entered beside the One click column check box by pointing at the desired locations in the Top View
SODA – Beam Creation Define Beam Groups before entering Members. Set Min / Max limit to zero to freeze the section search for design. Input a member such that it frames into an existing member, results in the existing member being segmented and a node being created at the junction
SODA - Structure / Members Click edit effective length in member list to modify Kx, Ky, Bt and Bb The Kx and Ky are the effective length factors for axial compression. Bt and Bb are the effective length factors for bending of the top and bottom fibres. The beta angle is defined in the next slide
SODA - Loads / Nodal Loads When entering Loads, pin the load input screen and release the structure input Enter load name, load type and magnitude then select nodes to apply When highlight load name, loads are shown in 3D view port
Run Design Click Run / Run Engine The default is to save project before running engine Click Run / Review Input or run engine and click Output / Input Echo An example report and diagrams are provided on the following pages
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