Form: Beam Forces/Stresses
Use the Display menu > Show Beam Forces/Stresses command to access the Beam Forces/Stresses form and display in the active window beam forces and stresses. This command will be available only if the Run menu > Run Analysis & Design command has been executed.
Load Case/Load Combination: Choose the Load Case or the Load Combination option to select which beam forces/stresses to display. For the selected option, chose from the adjacent drop-down list a previously defined load case or load combination, respectively. The beam forces/stresses displayed will be associated with this load case/combination.
Note: Any load case previously defined with a load case type of Modal will not be available from the Load Case drop-down list; beam forces/stresses are not displayed for modal cases.
Component: Select the desired member force (axial, shear, torsion, or moment) component or stress. Stresses displayed may be axial plus bending at the top of the beam, at the bottom of the beam, or shear. For either forces or stresses, when the mouse pointer is moved over a specific beam location on the model, SAFE will report the force or stress value for that location at the cursor and on the left side of the status bar.
Scaling: Select the scaling method to use. Selecting Automatic will automatically set the scale factor. Selecting User Defined lets the user scale the beam force/stress diagrams. If automatic was selected previously, the scale factor edit box will show the scale factor used by the automatic option.
Display Options: If the default Fill Diagram option is selected, the beam force/stress diagrams will be displayed using various colored fill shapes. Uncheck this option to display unfilled line diagrams or to display corresponding numerical values on unfilled line diagrams if the Show Values on Diagram option is checked. If both the Fill Diagram option and Show Values at Controlling Station on Diagram option are checked, the diagram will be filled and will display values.
Click the Apply button to update the display. This form will remain open until the Close button is clicked.
Note: Beam force displays also can be accessed by expanding the Beam Forces item under Named Displays on the Display tab in the Model Explorer window.
Beam Moments and Shears