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Steel Portal Frame Analyzer

A tool to analyze steel portal frames emphasizing comparisons of analysis types

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Version 1.0 - published on 21 Aug 2013

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Abstract

The purpose of this tool is to illustrate differences between basic analysis types. By examining the global behavior of a relatively simple one-story one-bay moment frame, users will be exposed to the differences between elastic and inelastic analyses and first-order and second-order analyses.

Additional comparisons can made to explore the effects of geometric and material properties, relative magnitude of lateral loading, and finite element discretization.

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  • Mark Denavit (2013), "Steel Portal Frame Analyzer," http://nees.org/resources/portalframe2d.

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