Cooperation with the other SOFiSTiK Modules

Save and Calculate of the Cross Section

In order to avoid unwanted effects to the complete system due to modifications of the cross section, SOFiPLUS(-X) and the Cross Section Editor work with a main database (.CDB) and a shadow database (.SDB) which have to be synchronised. The following points are important for the user:

  • If the system is saved by the user, this triggers a synchronisation between the SDB file to the CDB file. That means, the content is then available for using in other modules, e.g. in the SOFiSTiK program Result, Graphic, SSD.

  • If a calculation in the Cross Section Editor was made, the results are stored in the SDB file. These results are only available in other modules, if the user saves them manually.

After the generation, the cross section data are written into the database by saving or calculating.

The calculation is is done with the module AQUA in the background. After the calculation with AQUA the results of the calculation are imported into the Cross Section Editor.

Thus it is possible to show these elements, which were not defined explicitly (e.g. shear cuts or stress points which were created automatically during the calculation using the default settings).

For a more extensive graphical check, the use of the module Result is recommended. For further information see the chapter Automatically Generated Elements.

Read Only Mode

If a cross section is read by or imported into the Cross Section Editor with properties or elements, which are not available for the graphical processing, so the mode will be changed to read only mode to avoid loss of data.

The cross section contours are displayed only symbolically. The commands are not available within the toolbar of the Cross Section Editor.

The name of a cross section element is necessary for the identification. The name of the elements has to be unique. The following elements are an exception:

  • For the c/t check in solid cross sections two stress points have to be defined with the same name.

  • Polygonal shear cuts can be created from multiple shear cuts of the same displayed name.

Otherwise the cross section will be read only after export and reopening.