Creating axial force curve for Fixed End anchors

ApplicationPLAXIS 2D
VersionPLAXIS 2D
Date created04 August 2014
Date modified04 August 2014

It is possible to create a plot for the axial forces of a fixed end anchor by following these steps:

  1. In the Output program, open a phase result in which the anchor is shown;
  2. Make sure the nodes of the model are visualized. If these are not visualized, show the nodes of the model by clicking on the empty circle in front of the Nodes item in the Model Explorer on the left side of the screen (or use CTRL+N);
  3. Now, right click on the node where the fixed end-anchor is attached to;
  4. from the pop up menu, select Select for curves, and then select the Fixed End Anchor item:
  5. When creating a new curve, you can now create a chart with e.g. step vs. anchor force,  or time vs. anchor force:

Since this node is selected after the calculation (post-calc), the data will be retrieved from the stored files. By default, a phase will have the Max number of steps stored set to 1, so only the last step is remembered and this will only be displayed in the curve then. For more detailed curves, make sure to increase this Max number of steps stored to have more intermediate data points in a phase for the curve. If the Max number of steps stored is equal to the Max steps value then all available data is used for the curve.
Note that the Output program will have to read all step data before creating curve, so if a lot of steps/data is available this may take some time.

When plotting the data vs. Steps, please be aware of behaviour of steps as explained in the related article about step numbers.