Advance Design Steel Connection – part I The Basics

by Adriana Gherlan
Steel PowerPack Manager


This article is the first one in a series of 3. In this series you will find basic information about Advance Design Steel Connection: what it is, how it can be used and which are the main features of the module.

Keywords: #steeldesign #connections #advancedesign

1. The History

The Advance Design Steel Connection module is the evolution of a French local product Melody Attache. Even if today GRAITEC French customers are using the local product, because of the evolution of the software industry, Advance Design Steel Connection was born.

 As I mentioned in a previous article, the Advance Design Steel Connection module has evolved over the years, the User interface has changed, and a wide variety of steel joints can be calculated according to the EC3 norm, in a fast way, efficiently covering many of the situations that can occur in the steel joint calculation.

This evolution of the module can be translated into an embedded application in Advance Design and a standalone application module. Therefore, when a user is installing Advance Design, the steel connection module will be available as well, within Advance Design or standalone.

Old Version of ADSC

Version 2023 of ADSC

2. What is Advance Design Steel Connection

The Advance Design Steel Connection module is a specialized and dedicated module for joint design, using analytical methods according to Eurocode 3. The module is part of the Advance Design application and can be run inside Advance Design and as a standalone application.

In my last article, I have presented all the connections available in the steel connection module, connections documented in Eurocode 3, with specific analytical methods. Let’s have a brief review of the connections offered by the design module: Base Plate, Tubular Base Plate, Moment End Plate, Apex Haunch, Clip Angle, Gusset, Splice, HSS Bracing, Gable Wall End Plate.

3. How to use Advance Design Steel Connection based on environment

The Steel Connection module can be run together with Advance Design, allowing the user to design the specific connection directly from the Advance Design model without exiting the application.

Another way to use the module is as a standalone application, allowing the user to design the one by one the joints.

A. The Standalone environment

After the installation of Advance Design, besides the icon of the main application Advance Design, a folder is created: GRAITEC Advance Design modules. Inside this folder, the Advance Design Steel Connection icon is available, to launch the standalone application.

Once the application is started, the starting page will appear from where the user can set up the Localization, create a New file, Open an existing one, or select a predefined template from the available list for Types of connections.
Start Page

After choosing a type of connection, the user can start to configure it as needed. The accessible user interface offers all tools needed to achive the requirements.

Example of joint in standaloane

Configuration dialogs – Geometry

Once the geometry is configured, the design assumptions, the combinations and the loads can be set using specific dialogs.

Configuration dialogs – Design assumptions and Loads

As everything is set the calculation can be lunched and the results can be check quickly using the results bar available in the bottom left corner of the application window.

Results on standalone

As any other design module from GRAITEC, the results and all the geometrical details, including loads, can be checked in a simplified or detailed report. Also, the report can be generated in a DOC or PDF file format.

Report settings

I must specify that the detail report contains all formulas and articles pointing to Eurocod chapters.

Here below we can see an example of the Compression resistance of the column verification. As you notice, the chapters from Eurocode are listed on the right side of the report, in line with the specific verification.

Compression resistance of the column

As I mentioned at the beginning of or the article, this is the first one in a series of 3.

Don’t miss the next one, where I will talk about how to use the steel connection module in  Advance Design enviorement.

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