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Repair Model

Automatic Repair model functionality to help you detect and repair issues in your model

The repair model feature offers a number of useful functions that can help fix your model. These are generally separated into functions for nodes, members, and plates. Currently, SkyCiv performs the following checks on your model:

  • Unused nodes – scan model for nodes that are floating and disconnected
  • Duplicate Nodes, Members and Plates – scan model for duplicate elements which can cause double the amount of rigidity in your model
  • Large Structure – detect extremely slender members (used to detect unit issues)
  • Merge nodes – merge close nodes with a tolerance based on user input
  • Zero members – detect members that have the same start/end node
  • Continuous-to-Normal Members – detect members with intermediate nodes. Changes these members to “continuous” to connect intermediate nodes
  • Intersecting Members  detect and connect intersecting members
  • Default Section – find any members with no section data, add a default section
  • Force Plate Mesh – allow analysis to run without plates being meshed first
  • Reasonability Check – checks the model’s input is in a reasonable range. For instance, detecting members that are 500m long, Young’s Modulus that are too low/high, etc…

You can access the Repair Model feature anytime by going to the top toolbar and finding the Repair Model function under Advanced. However, Repair Model will automatically run every time you solve to ensure the structure has been checked prior to solving.

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The options that are available for the repair model feature are shown below.

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After you have selected the functions you wish to run, click “Check For Issues” to run the aforementioned functions. An alert will show up either showing you the changes that were made or if no changes needed to be made because no problems were found.

A Note about Unmeshed Plates

Unmeshed plates can cause inaccurate internal plate forces and are critical if you are looking to analyze any plate forces using SkyCiv’s FEA solver. The Repair Model function will scan your model for any plates that have not been meshed and notify the user of any unmeshed plates. The user then has the option to ignore such plates (assume they are meshed) to repair this issue in the model.

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