Skip to main content
Base Model Created Edited



  • Use Plate Wizard to auto-generate a rectangular, circular or semicircular plate structure composed of Plate Elements.



From the main menu, select [Structure] tab > [Base Model] group > [Base Structures] > [Plate]




Structure-Wizard-Base Structures-Plate-Input.png

Fig. Input dialog box



Enter the shape (rectangular, circular or semicircular) of the plate structure to be created.



Enter the width of the plate structure.



Enter the width of the plate structure.



Enter the width of the plate structure.


Show Dimensions

Enter the width of the plate structure.



Enter the width of the plate structure.

Click ....png to add a new material property or modify an existing material property.



Enter the thickness to be used.

Click ....png to add a new thickness or modify an existing thickness.



Structure-Wizard-Base Structures-Plate-Edit.png

Fig. Edit dialog box



Select the shape of an opening (none, rectangle or circle) in the plate structure to be created.


Size of Divisions

Enter the division spacing of the plate structure.


Number of Divisions

Enter the numbers of divisions in the plate structure, in both x & z directions.
The numbers of divisions apply only when there is no opening.



Enter the maximum size (side length) of a plate element.


m, n

For a rectangular plate structure, enter the numbers of divisions for the width (m) and height (n).


Db, Dh

Enter the distances between the center of the plate structure and the center of the opening.
Enter the distances in the directions of the width (Db) and height (Dh).


b, h

For a rectangular opening, enter the width and height.



For a circular or semicircular opening, enter the radius


Show Sub-dimension

Display the dimensions of the opening.



Structure-Wizard-Base Structures-Plate-Insert.png

Fig. Insert dialog box


Insert Point

Enter the coordinates of the insert point where the origin point of the created plate structure will be located in the existing model with respect to the GCS (UCS).

Alternatively, click the entry field and click the position of the insert point in the working window to enter the desired coordinates rather than typing in the entry field.



Enter the rotational angles, Alpha, Beta and Gamma, that will define the orientation of the plate structure in GCS X, Y and Z respectively.


Merge Duplicate Nodes

Select the option to merge overlapping nodes between the existing model and the nodes pertaining to the newly created plate structure.

....png : Set a tolerance for merging nodes.


Intersect Frame Elements

Select the option to divide the existing elements at the nodes pertaining to the newly created plate, which are in contact with the existing elements in the existing model.

....png : Set an intersecting tolerance to allow for the division of elements.


Origin Point

Set the origin point of the newly created plate structure. This point is displayed in red in the Wizard Window.

Show No. : Display the node numbers making up the created plate structure.



Was this article helpful?