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Objectives

Explain the assembly connection entities and relationships.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Use the Place Assembly Connection command.

Use the Trim Member command.

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What is an assembly connection? The video explains this in detail. Play the video to find out.

Introduction

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Now that you know what an assembly connection is. Let’s see how to place assembly connections using the Assembly Connection command. Play the video to learn more.

Assembly Connections by Rule Demonstration

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Assembly Connections User Selected

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This video demonstrates selecting the assembly connection from the catalog and placing that connection on two vertical-brace ends.

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In some design situations, you may need to trim a member in a unique way that is not currently available with an assembly connection in your Catalog. In normal plant design applications, such occasions should be rare. The Trim Member command will primarily be used in offshore and ship building models.

Trimming a Member

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Trim Member Command

The Trim Member command enables you to manually trim member parts based on the surfaces you specify. You can apply the required number of trim operations to a member. You can place a trim and an assembly connection at the same member end. The results of the Trim features and the trimming applied by the assembly connection add and may overlap each other. Both the trim and the assembly connection are displayed in the System Hierarchy under the member part. You can experiment with this command to see how it works. Pay attention to the Squared End property. If this property is set to True, then the member end is squared. If this property is set to False, then the member end trims exactly to your desired offset from the cutting surface.

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Using Trimming Member Command Demonstration

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Let's see how you can use the Trim Member command to manually trim member parts based on the surfaces you specify.

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Summary

You've completed the course! In this course, you learned about placing assembly connections in a structure. Before you go, look at everything you learned. You now know how to:

  • Use the Assembly Connection command.
  • Use the Trim Member command.
  • Edit the assembly connection properties.
  • Place and manipulate assembly connections in a structure.

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Click the image to recall different types of assembly connections.

The following general assembly connections are delivered with the software: The base plate assembly connection places a plate at the end of an unsupported member. This assembly connection requires an unsupported frame connection on one member. For example, use this assembly connection to place a base plate at the bottom of a column. The corner gusset plate assembly connection connects a vertical brace to a beam and column intersection using a gusset plate. This assembly connection requires a frame connection with three members, such as vertical corner brace. The fitted assembly connection connects two members. This assembly connection requires a frame connection with two members, such as axis, seated, or flush. Examples of this connection include a beam framing into a column or a beam framing into another beam. The gusset plate assembly connection connects a vertical or horizontal brace to a beam or a vertical brace to a column using a gusset plate. This assembly connection requires a frame connection with two members, such as axis. The miter assembly connection connects two members that meet at an angle but are co-planar. This assembly connection requires a frame connection with two members, such as axis. In addition, the members must be end connected, have the same cross-section, and have the same type category (both are beams for example). The splice assembly connection connects two members that are collinear and end connected. This assembly connection requires a frame connection with two members, such as axis. The general surface assembly connection connects a member end with a nonmember surface such as a slab, a deck, or a hull plate. The member is cut to surface and a base plate is placed on the member end.