What is TRICALC 7.5 and why you should use it for your structural design projects
TRICALC 7.5 is a powerful software for structural analysis and design of buildings, bridges, towers, industrial structures and more. It is developed by ARKTEC, a leading company in the field of engineering software since 1983.
TRICALC 7.5 allows you to model any type of structure with ease, using a graphical interface that lets you draw elements, assign materials, loads and supports, and check results in 3D views. You can also import and export models from other CAD programs, such as AutoCAD, Revit or Tekla.
TRICALC 7.5 performs linear and nonlinear analysis, including static, dynamic, seismic, wind, fire and buckling effects. It also provides advanced design features for concrete, steel, timber and composite structures, according to international codes and standards.
TRICALC 7.5 is constantly updated with new features and improvements, based on the feedback of thousands of users around the world. The latest version, TRICALC 7.5.40, includes new options for seismic analysis, steel connections, composite beams and slabs, among others.
If you want to learn more about TRICALC 7.5 and how it can help you with your structural design projects, you can visit the official website of ARKTEC at www.arktec.com, where you can also download a free trial version and watch some tutorials.
In this article, we will show you some examples of how TRICALC 7.5 can be used for different types of structures and projects. We will also give you some tips and tricks to make the most of the software and optimize your workflow.
Example 1: A residential building with concrete frames and slabs
Let's start with a simple example of a residential building with four floors and a basement. The structure consists of concrete frames and slabs, with some shear walls for lateral stability. The building is located in a seismic zone and has to comply with the Eurocode 8.
To model this structure in TRICALC 7.5, we can use the following steps:
Create a new project and select the units, code and material library.
Draw the floor plan of the building using the grid tool and the snap options. We can also copy and paste the floor plan to create the other levels.
Draw the columns, beams and slabs using the element tool and the properties window. We can also use the copy and paste options to replicate the elements on each level.
Assign the materials, sections and reinforcement to each element using the properties window or the library tool.
Define the supports for the columns and the basement slab using the support tool. We can also use the group option to assign the same support to multiple elements.
Define the loads for each level using the load tool. We can use different types of loads, such as dead, live, wind or seismic loads. We can also use load combinations to combine different load cases.
Run the analysis using the analysis tool. We can check the results in different formats, such as tables, graphs or diagrams. We can also use filters and queries to select specific elements or results.
Run the design using the design tool. We can check the design results in different formats, such as tables, graphs or diagrams. We can also use filters and queries to select specific elements or results.
Generate reports using the report tool. We can customize the content and layout of the reports according to our needs. We can also export the reports to different formats, such as PDF, Word or Excel.
Here is a screenshot of how the model looks like in TRICALC 7.5: 248dff8e21