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Change Plate Elements to Beam Elements

Experimenter
Experimenter

I'm analyzing an aircraft and currently have the structural ribs and longerons modeled as plate elements.  I need to beam, plate, element, aircraft, structure, nodeplace beam elements in place of the plate elements for the ribs/longerons, but I don't currently know of an efficient way to do that.  I'm hoping I don't have to go node by node and draw out each beam.  What's the best way of completing this task? 

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Re: Change Plate Elements to Beam Elements

Phenom
Phenom

Take a look at Mesh -> Edge Members, which allows you to create beam elements on the edge of plate elements.  Note the use of Method -> ID - Free Edge  on the Entity Selection Dialog Box when selecting elements and nodes to make the selection / filtering more efficient.  Offsets may also be useful (effective position of structure is offset from location of elements).