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Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011, 2nd Edition by Wasim Younis

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Chapter 17

The Frame Analysis Environment

Frame Analysis Overview

Frame analysis is normally associated with analyzing large structures mainly comprising uniform cross-section channels/frames. Typical examples include bridges structural platforms, towers, etc. Some of the examples are illustrated below.

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Frame analysis, within Autodesk Inventor Simulation, allows us to define criteria for static and modal analysis, including prestressing. In addition, frame analysis uses beam elements instead of the 3D tetrahedron elements used within the Stress Analysis environment. A simple beam element comprises two nodes, one at each end, and has three translational ...

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