Access the Equivalent Frame form as follows
The Equivalent Frame form controls all aspects of the equivalent frame model, and through menu commands, tables, drop-down lists and edit boxes, allows an equivalent frame to be created or modified, analyzed, and designed.
The Equivalent Frame form has File, View, Define, Edit, Run and Display menu options.
The Equivalent Frame form has a Display area that shows the current equivalent frame in an elevation view with each span dimensioned. The cursor location and other model data will be shown using the following parameters:
Current Vertical Scale: The vertical scale has been multiplied by this value relative to the horizontal scale. This value is one or greater and is used to improve the visibility of the equivalent frame.
S: This is the position of the cursor along the length of the equivalent frame in a horizontal projection.
GZ: Position of the cursor along the global Z-axis.
Currently Displayed Load Pattern. Loads may be shown on the equivalent frame by selecting a load pattern from the Currently Displayed Load Pattern drop-down list.
EFM Length. The total length of the equivalent frame is shown in the EFM Length box.
Also in the display area are a number of buttons for display control.
The Zoom and Pan buttons work in the same manner as those on the main SAFE menu bar. The following three buttons allow the vertical scale of the equivalent frame to be altered:
Increase Vertical Scale: The Increase Vertical Scale button, , increases the vertical scale of the display relative to the horizontal scale. The multiplier is shown in the Current Vertical Scale parameter listed below the display.
Decrease Vertical Scale: The Decrease Vertical Scale button, , decreases the vertical scale of the display relative to the horizontal scale. The multiplier is shown in the Current Vertical Scale parameter listed below the display.
Reset Vertical Scale to Default: The Reset Vertical Scale to Default button, , resets the vertical scale of the display to the default multiplier. The multiplier is shown in the Current Vertical Scale parameter listed below the display.
Other data areas include:
Equivalent Frame Model Name: Identifies the equivalent frame model. SAFE automatically generates a name, but it may be changed by typing in the edit box.
Description: Enter text to identify and describe the equivalent frame model displayed.
Tables: This area displays data or result tables based on the command selected under the Edit or Display menus. Add and Delete buttons, up/down scroll bars, and Absolute and Relative Distance Type options may also be available depending upon the table displayed and the item highlighted in the table.
Click the OK button to save all model data associated with the displayed equivalent frame.
Click the Cancel button to leave the Equivalent Frame form without saving any of the changes or additions to the equivalent frame.
Equivalent Frame Feature