Easy & Efficient bridge analysis and design
BRIGADE/Standard has a unique user interface specifically designed for 3D modeling and analysis of the most common types of bridge structures. The intuitive interface is easy-to-learn for new users and yet highly productive for experienced users.
The parametric modeling concept is based on typical bridge components such as stake-out line, support lines, bridge deck, longitudinal and transversal beams, prestress tendons, bearings, columns, abutments, foundations etc. In addition BRIGADE/Standard includes predefined loads, vehicles and load combinations in accordance with a wide range of design codes including the Eurocodes with various National Annexes.
The results are easily visualized in 3D plots and 2D graphs and can be exported to MS Word and MS Excel.
BRIGADE/Standard includes predefined loads of all the types that are present on bridge strucktures, such as dead weight, surfacing, pre-stressing, shrinkage, moving traffic loads, braking forces, temperature, wind load, seismic load etc. These loads can easily be activated and tuned by the user.
BRIGADE/Standard includes a market-leading technique for evaluation of the response of moving loads. The technique is based on influence surfaces/lines and mesh-independent traffic lane alignments. Vehicles can consist of axles with fix or variable internal distances and in combination with moving surface loads. Multiple simultaneous vehicles in different lanes are handled automatically. Vehicles can be created manually or generated from a library of design code specific vehicles e.g. Eurocode, AAASHTO, British Standard and the Scandinavian road and railroad bridge codes.
BRIGADE/Standard allows for the analyses of prestressing. The alignments of longitudinal and transversal tendons are easily defined. Short-term losses (friction, wobble and anchorage) are calculated automatically. Long-term losses (shrinkage, creep and relaxation) can easily be defined based on the calculated concrete and cable stresses in quasi-static load combinations.
BRIGADE/Standard includes a state-of-the-art load combination facility automatically taking into account whether the loads provide an adverse or relieving effect on the structure. Load combinations can be created manually or generated from a library of design code specific combinations e.g. Eurocode, AAASHTO, British Standard and the Scandinavian road and railroad bridge codes.
BRIGADE/Standard offers a wide range of post-processing features in order to enable efficient interpretation of results:
- Contour plots (deformed or undeformed model)
- Diagram plots
- Vector plots
- Animation of results
- Visualization of most adverse live load positions
- Result report generators
- Export to MS Excel
Integrated Abaqus Solver Technology
BRIGADE/Standard includes an integrated Abaqus FEA solver from SIMULIA, the world’s leading provider of advanced Finite Element solvers. This guaranties high accuracy and efficiency.
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