Structural Analysis with SAP2000*

During the utilization of structural analysis software packages, the engineer should be aware of the underlying mathematical models, in order to select the right type of structural modeling, the appropriate numerical solutions, and algorithms and to be able to critically utilize the results of the analysis. For instance, the modeling of the same structure, or even the same structural part with different types of elements, might lead to numerical results of 50%, 100% or more divergence. The engineering judgment, in conjunction with the knowledge of the theoretical background, constitutes critical factors for the safe and inexpensive integration of the structural design. SAP2000 is well known for its broad coverage of structural analysis algorithms, widely used for scientific research as well as finite element analysis of real-world structures, such as bridges, dams, shell structures, membrane shelters etc, while ETABS is used for structural analysis of buildings. Utilizing their open programming interface, the engineer is able to release plugins, such as specific design checks, optimization algorithms etc.


Modelling structural response. Simulation with linear, wall and membrane finite elements. Simulation of plates & beams by a combination of rod and shell finite elements. Comparison and evaluation of results. Plane & Surface finite elements. Walls & plates with holes. Analysis model & solvers. Diagrams of internal forces. Dynamic spectral analysis of the model. Periods & frequencies. Envelope diagrams of internal forces. Export results to other software for post-processing (MS Excel, Access, BIM). Creating and editing the model. Integrate stresses to create diagrams M, N, Q. Introduction to nonlinear analysis. Inelastic response of structures. Nonlinear static analysis (Pushover). Plastic hinges. Collapse mechanisms and applications. Dynamic nonlinear analysis (Time-History Direct Integration, Fast Nonlinear Analysis). Seismic accelerograms. Monitoring of the earthquake response. Incremental Dynamic Analysis. Open Programming Interface (OAPI). Structural Optimization through OAPI. Applications

Who Should Attend

  • engineers interested to analyze structures with finite elements
  • anyone interested to learn SAP2000 software

Course Benefits

  • hands-on experience with SAP2000 software for structural analysis
  • comparison of various modeling approaches
  • build your own plugin with the Open Programming Interface

Course InstructorDr. Nikolaos Bakas

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