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CYPE Connect is a tool for the modelling, analysis and code checking of connections in steel and timber structures using the finite element method. The program includes the OpenSees© analysis engine, developed at the University of California, Berkeley, to carry out complete analyses. In addition to the designs and checks, CYPE Connect has a tool for generating sheets with the detailing drawings of the connections.
CYPE Connect offers different workflow options as it is an Open BIM tool and is connected to the BIMserver.center platform.
In the main toolbar, in the "Project" group, the following project data can be defined:
Selecting the code used in the connection analysis
As an alternative to the detailing of the connections that can be performed in StruBIM Steel, the program also offers users the possibility to analyze the connections using CYPE Connect, which works together with StruBIM Steel, as long as both programs are included in the license. In this case, the selection of the design codes for the different project materials is carried out from the “Codes” window.
Codes available in the program:
CYPE Connect allows the following characteristics of the materials used in the project to be saved in its material libraries:
CYPE Connect allows the characteristics of the elements to be saved in the following libraries:
The "Node" group in the top toolbar has different tools for creating, editing and managing the nodes of the structure. Once they have been defined manually or imported from the BIM model, the connection of the structural elements converging at each node can be modelled.
The same connection shall be assigned to a group of nodes. The connection assigned to a node group will obtain the bar forces of all nodes in that group from the BIM project. The combination filter carried out from "Generate from the BIM model" is based on the sum of the combinations of all the nodes.
The options for managing these groups are the following:
Types of connections
CYPE Connect offers the possibility to analyse connections between structural elements made of steel, timber or elements of both materials in the same connection. The analysis also includes the possibility of modelling anchor elements fixed to concrete columns.
Within the "Model" tab, users can enter a list of operations that are used sequentially to define the elements and geometry of the connection.The entry order and the nomenclature used to identify each operation directly affect the way in which the connections are generated. During the modelling process, the program displays warnings about possible incompatibilities between modelled elements.
The main toolbar in this group allows the following operations to be carried out:
Analysis and code checking of connections
Once the connection has been modelled, the analysis and checking can be carried out. The "Analysis" tab has the following options for this purpose:
Graphical information of connections
In the "Sheets" tab, there are several tools that allow detailed sheets of the connections to be obtained from the data previously entered in the modelling phase.
Structural timber element connections
CYPE Connect can model and analyse connections between structural timber elements and steel-to-timber elements, as well as connections between steel elements.This feature allows users to design steel-to-timber connections. In this type of connection, forces are transmitted from one piece of timber to another by means of metal elements (fasteners and connections).The connection between the different structural timber elements is achieved by means of dowel-type fasteners and auxiliary steel elements such as metal sheets or sections. The timber elements transmit their forces via the fasteners (bolts, dowels and screws) to all the other elements to which they are connected (steel sections and sheets).Connections libraryThe connections library allows connections to be saved and applied to other nodes in the same job or other jobs. This library is common to CYPE Connect Steel and StruBIM Steel. The “Import”, “Export” and “Connections library” options can be accessed from the connection editing panel.The connections exported to the connections library also save the sheets that have been defined, so that the work involved in producing the detailing sheet of the connection can be used for similar connections when applying a connection available in the library.
Many of CYPE's programs are connected to the BIMserver.center platform and allow collaborative work to be carried out via the exchange of files in formats based on open standards.
In order to work on BIMserver.center, users can register on the platform free of charge and create a profile. Together with the installation and running of each program connected to the platform, users will install and run BIMserver.center Sync, which is in charge of keeping the files of the projects developed collaboratively in BIMserver.center up to date.
Options available in CYPE Connect
The "BIMserver.center" group in the main toolbar contains the options required for using CYPE Connect together with other BIMserver.center tools.
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