TOWER ANALYSIS
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TSE TOWER STRUCTURAL
ENGINEERING

TOWER STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

The Tower Structural Engineering Software is an integrated analysis and design software for structural engineering. The software accounts for advanced structural analysis and design of steel transmission structures such as transmission latticed towers and electrical substations, transmission tubular poles and multi-poles frames as well as steel telecommunication structures such as self-supporting towers and guyed masts according to ANSI/TIA-222-G standard. The program also allows the user to design the base plates and anchorage bolts.

This engineering software solution is used worldwide by several notable international companies in production work for building innovative tower structures.

The TSE is a robust and reliable structural software based on more than 30 years of Research and Development. The program, designed with the latest technological innovations in its field, is equipped with a sophisticated and user friendly graphical interface.

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ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

The Tower Structural Engineering software is a technology built on a powerful user-friendly interface offering comprehensive analysis options and intuitive modeling features.

The advanced structural analysis of the TSE software allows the engineer to achieve specialized analyses crucial to any projects related to the tower and telecommunication industry.

COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS FEATURES

•FINITE ELEMENTS ANALYSIS
•STATIC ANALYSIS
•LINEAR AND NONLINEAR ANALYSIS
•P-DELTA ANALYSIS
•NATURAL FREQUENCY ANALYSIS
•STATIC EQUIVALENT SEISMIC ANALYSIS
•DYNAMIC ANALYSIS
•TIME-HISTORY SEISMIC ANALYSIS
•MODAL ANALYSIS
•VERIFY INPUT DATA
•BUCKLING ANALYSIS
•SPECTRAL ANALYSIS
•ADVANCED SECTION STRESS
•TORSION INCLUDING WARPING OF OPEN SECTIONS
•BUILT UP SECTIONS
•CATENARY CABLES
•DIAPHRAGM ANALYSIS
•NOTIONAL HORIZONTAL LOADS

The Tower Structural Engineering software has powerful and comprehensive Finite Elements Analysis Features. 

The catenary cable element is a highly non-linear element used to model the catenary behavior of a cable suspended between two points under the effect of its self-weight. This formulation accounts for the non-linearity due to large displacements. A cable has no bending, shear, compression or torsion stiffness. Due to this fact, the fixities at the ends are ignored; the cable is always treated as member acting in tension only.

In the interface of the TSE, the user can create a catenary cable by associating a cable type section to a member.

Spatial objects are used to model non-structural secondary elements attached to the structure. These elements add no stiffness to the existing model. Loads applied to spatial objects are transferred to the structure through one or more attach joints. The loads are transferred using a “rigid plate” approach.

Concentrated, pressure and wind loads may be applied to spatial objects. The figures below shows a spatial object loaded vertically and horizontally attached to a cantilever column. Also, it shows the deformations and biaxial moments induced by the loads transferred by the spatial object.

 

The TSE software considers restrained warping for the torsion of thin-wall open sections. Notice that this phenomenon is not included in most commonly used frame analysis programs. Almost all frame programs in practice use St-Venant torsion theory ignoring the effects of restrained warping.

It is important to note that the torsional stiffness of an open section is function of the warping end conditions as well as the location of the torsional load. Thus, the distribution of the forces in the structure having members resisting torsion may differ whether this option is enabled or disabled. A subdivided continuous member needs to be specified as a physical member to get the continuity effect of warping along the member.

In addition to shear stresses, some members carry torque by axial stresses. This is called warping torsion. This happens when the cross-section wants to warp, i.e., displace axially, but is prevented from doing so during twisting of the beam. In other words, the section tends to resist torsion by out of plane bending of the flanges.

The TSE program allows defining built-up sections whose properties are calculated by the means of a finite element model. Various shapes are supported.

SEISMIC AND DYNAMIC ANALYSIS

•Automated simplified method of the building codes (NBCC and IBC)
•Seismic response spectrum, seismic time-history and dynamic time-history analysis
•Customized response spectrums and accelerograms
•Fully customizable analysis parameters
•Maximal response using CQC and SRSS methods
•Automated or user defined damping
•Graphical display of response spectrums and accelerograms
•User defined incidence angle of seismic loads and vertical components
•Customized analysis and output time steps
•Time refined results can be provided for selected parts of the models
•Automated or custom determination of the signs of deformations provided by the maximum response methods
•Additional masses can be added to the model by way of static loads
•Seismic loads (spectrum or accelerogram) and dynamic loads (sinusoidal, general load functions and random load functions)
•Multiple seismic and dynamic loads can be combined together in a single analysis
•Base shear calibration according to the selected building code
•Possibility to define several seismic loads and account for eccentricities between the center of stiffness and the center of mass
•Graphical display of the center of stiffness and the center of mass and seismic forces at floors
•Account for accidental eccentricities
•Account for the I, F and R coefficients of the NBCC and IBC code in spectral and time-history analysis

•Loading for joints, members including concentrated, uniform, trapezoidal and thermal loads
•Pressure or concentrated floor loads with two-way, one-way and truss distribution using triangular or quadrilateral surfaces
•Pressure or concentrated loads on finite element plates
•Gravity loads in any global direction calculated by the program
•Imposed displacements at any joint
•User defined load combinations
•Load combination wizard which generates load combinations according to NBCC, UBC, ASCE 7, BOCA, Eurocode and ECC
•Load combination wizard also allows to create load patterns

CREATE LOAD COMBINATIONS
The TSE software allows the user to create load combinations. A load combination results in an algebraic combination of distinct basic loads. Each basic load is multiplied by a load factor. The resulting load combination acts on the structure to generate a specific structural response.

The load combination wizard in the program also allows creating load patterns. The load combination wizard generates load combinations according to NBCC, UBC, ASCE 7, BOCA, Eurocode and ECC

-Standard sections (CISC, AISC and European)
-Custom section libraries
-Non-standard sections (over 30 shapes available)
-Truss and pre-tensioned cable sections
-User defined section properties
-Composite sections are available

GEOMETRIC CALCULATOR

•Wizard based geometry generation
•A large number of pre-defined frames
•Over 30 pre-defined trusses
•Circular and parabolic arches
•Cylinders and cones composed of beams and/or plates

The user can apply uniform, concentrated and variable loads to physical members (continuous sequence of members).

STEEL LATTICED TOWER transmission latticed towers and electrical substations

TSE TOWER is one of the applications of the Tower Structural Engineering software. TSE TOWER is a powerful and comprehensive Microsoft Windows program for the analysis and design of steel transmission structures such as transmission latticed towers and electrical substations according to a range of international standards. An extensive library of panel types allow for quick creation of the structure through parametric tools.

•Metric, imperial and mixed units systems are allowed and can be modified at any time.
•Wizard driven parametric physical model generation for :
o Square and rectangular selfsupporting towers
o Substation structures
•Extensive database of standard sections and materials (ASCE, CISC, European), and more than 30 nonstandard section shapes.
•Library of standard panels types with facilities to create user-defined ones.
•Graphical-based modelling commands such as linear copy, rotation copy, mirror, move, extrusion, member subdivision and member attachment.
•Rigid connections can be created to stiffen beam to column or beam to beam connections.
•Models can be edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets.
•V-cable element.

•Automatic generation of dead, ice and wind loads to the following standards:
o ASCE 74-2009
o IEC 60826-2003
o CAN/CSA-C22.3 No. 60826-10
•Uniform wind pressure profile and uniform thickness ice profile
•User-defined wind pressure profiles
•United States county listings of design criteria for wind, wind with ice, and ice
•Loading for joints, members including concentrated, uniform, trapezoidal and thermal loads
•Loading for surfaces and finite element plates
•Automatic calculation of drag coefficients, gust factors, topographic parameters and escalate ice thickness
•Display loads graphically and detailed wind and ice loads parameters can be displayed in numerical tables
•Analysis methods in TSE TOWER include:
o Static linear
o P-Delta
o Static non-linear
o Buckling
o Natural frequencies
o Seismic and dynamic
•Automatic handling of tension-only members

•Available design provisions include ASCE 10-97 standard.
•Members are checked against their ultimate strength in accordance with the selected code, Design check include:
o Slenderness ratios
o Buckling length
o Tension
o Compression
o Connections (shear, bearing, block shear)
o Anchor rods
•Anchor rod can be design checked for ASCE 10-97 and CAN/CSA S16-09 standards.
•Calculation of the equivalent loads on footings
•Can optionally check members according to LRFD-99 for :
o Bending
o Tension-bending
o Compression-bending
o Shear
o Torsion
o Warping
•Profile optimization of selected members allows to test different section shapes, grade and materials types.

•Towers can be shown as lines, wire frames or can be rendered as 3D polygon surfaces.
•Results can be visualized either graphically or numerically.
•Input data and results may be printed for the whole structures or partial structures using graphical selection or a range of elements.
•Customized list of input and results to be printed.
•TSE TOWER provides an exhaustive set of results features that include graphical views, diagrams, spreadsheets and text reports.
•All graphics can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use in external programs.

 

 

transmission tubular poles and multi-poles frames

TSE POLE is one of the applications of the Tower Structural Engineering software. TSE POLE is a powerful and comprehensive Microsoft Windows program for the analysis and design of transmission tubular poles and multi-poles frames according to a range of international standards. The program also designs the base plates and anchorage bolts.

TSE POLE includes powerful and productive features for generating any type of tubular poles and multi-poles structures. Engineers can now model faster than ever using the advanced graphical functions. Standard libraries also include materials and sections.

•Automatic generation of dead, ice and wind loads to the following standards:
o ASCE 74-2009
o IEC 60826-2003
o CAN/CSA-C22.3 No. 60826-10
•Uniform wind pressure profile and uniform thickness ice profile
•User-defined wind pressure profiles
•Display loads graphically and detailed wind and ice loads parameters can be displayed in numerical tables
•Loading for joints, members including concentrated, uniform, trapezoidal and thermal loads.
•Automatic calculation of drag coefficients, gust factors and topographic parameters.
•Analysis methods in TSE POLE include:
o Static linear and P-Delta
o Static non-linear
o Buckling
o Natural frequencies
o Seismic and dynamic
•Automatic handling of tension-only members.

Member capacities may be checked against the international design standards ASCE Manual No. 72 and ASCE/SEI 48-11. Extensive types of checks performed by the program include slenderness, buckling, anchor, anchor rod strength, tensile and compression strengths, shear, bending and combined loads.

TSE POLE is a powerful solution to do advanced design of tubular poles.

•Available design provisions include:
o ASCE Manual No. 72
o ASCE/SEI 48-11
•Table to define the slenderness ratios of the members that will be considered in the design of the structure. The slenderness ratios should be specified as an equivalent slenderness for members with a variable inertia.
•Calculates the member’s resistance for bending, compression, tension, shear and combined loads.
•Calculates the internal stresses for the tubes, anchorage bolts and base plates. Design the base plate and bolts.

TSE POLE provides you with rich inquiry tools to review the results on screen and an exhaustive set of results and diagrams. It displays compression curves, deflection, axial forces, torsion, bending moments and stress diagrams.

Also, it displays results numerically by means of tables. Customizable and easy to create reports generation is provided in several formats.
•Towers can be shown as lines, wire frames or can be rendered as 3D polygon surfaces.
•Results can be visualized either graphically or numerically.
•Input data and results may be printed for the whole structures or partial structures using graphical selection or a range of elements.
•Customized list of input and results to be printed.
•TSE POLE provides an exhaustive set of results features that include graphical views, diagrams, spreadsheets and text reports.

TELECOMMUNICATION TOWERS

TSE TELECOM is one of the applications of the Tower Structural Engineering software. TSE TELECOM is a powerful and comprehensive Microsoft Windows program for the analysis and design of steel telecommunication structures such as self-supporting towers and guyed masts according to ANSI/TIA-222-G standard.

TSE TELECOM includes powerful and productive features for generating any type of latticed structure model. Engineers can now model faster than ever using the parametric wizard generator and Panel libraries. Panels can be defined by the user through Panel Editor, or selected from a standard panel library. Standard libraries also include materials and sections.

The extensive library of panel types allow for quick creation of the structure through parametric tools. The loads generator wizard is a very powerful tool for the automatic load generation on the tower. The user-interface features, the powerful analysis engine, the extensive design checks and the advanced visualization tools make modelling of complex towers a painless process.

•Metric, imperial and mixed units system are allowed and can be modified at any time.
•Wizard driven parametric physical model generation for :
o Three or four sided self-supporting towers
o Three or four sided guyed towers
•Extensive database of standard sections and materials (ASCE, CISC, European), and more than 30 non-standard section shapes.
•Extensive database of standard cables sections and materials (ASTM, CSA).
•Library of standard panels types with facilities to create user-defined ones.
•Graphical-based modelling commands such as linear copy, rotation copy, mirror, move, extrusion, member subdivision and member attachment.
•Automatic generation of guy cables at varying radius and guy anchor elevations.
•Models can edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets.

•Automatic generation of dead, ice, thermal and wind loads according to TIA-222-G.
•Uniform wind pressure profile and uniform thickness ice profile.
•User-defined wind pressure profiles.
•United States county listings of design criteria for wind, wind with ice, and ice.
•Loading for joints, members including concentrated, uniform, trapezoidal and thermal loads.
•Loading for surfaces and finite element plates.
•Automatic calculation of drag coefficients, gust factors, topographic parameters and escalate ice thickness according to TIA-222-G.
•Display loads graphically and detailed wind and ice loads parameters can be displayed in numerical tables.
•Analysis methods in TSE TELECOM include:
o Static linear
o P-Delta
o Static non-linear
o Buckling
o Natural frequencies
o Seismic and dynamic
•Linear and exact non-linear cable elements (catenary cables).
•Automatic handling of tension-only members.

•Available design provisions include ANSI/TIA-222-G.
•Members are checked against their ultimate strength in accordance with the selected code, Design check include:
o Slenderness ratios
o Buckling length
o Tension
o Compression
o Connections (shear, bearing, block shear)
o Anchor rods
•Calculation of the equivalent loads on footings.
•Can optionally check members according to LRFD-99 for :
o Bending
o Tension-bending
o Compression-bending
o Shear
o Torsion
o Warping
•Profile optimization of selected members allows to test different section shapes, grade and materials types.

•Towers can be shown as lines, wire frames or can be rendered as 3D polygon surfaces.
•Results can be visualized either graphically or numerically.
•Input data and results may be printed for the whole structures or partial structures using graphical selection or a range of elements.
•Customized list of input and results to be printed.
•TSE TELECOM provides an exhaustive set of results features that include graphical views, diagrams, spreadsheets and text reports.
•All graphics can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use in external programs.
•Reports are available in several formats including:
o Microsoft Word reports
o Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets
o ASCII files
•Comprehensive manuals and helps.
•Can export the model to:
o AutoCAD
o SDNF

INTUITIVE MODELING FEATURES

EASY AND PRODUCTIVE MODEL GENERATION

•Local coordinate systems
•Linear or circular lines of constructions for model creations
•Automated commands for model creation such as move, rotate, extrude, copy, attach, subdivide and others
•Models can be edited either graphically or by means of spreadsheets
•Element can be created in batch or one by one
•Elements of the models can be selected either graphically or according to a set of criterions
•Persistent groups of selected objects can be created and edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets
•Definition of physical members
•Selection and edition of physical members
•Definition of loading surfaces
•Multiple edition grids with user defined spacing, angles and labels
•Powerful edition and automatic generation tools
•Members can be subdivided in any number of equal segments or at specific positions
•Similar connected members can be merged together
•Elements of the structure can be renumbered according to several criterions
•Element attributes can be set graphically or by means of spreadsheets (sections, analysis parameters, rotation angles, etc.)
•Element attributes can be edited in batch or element by element
•Loads can be edited graphically or by means of spreadsheets
•Contour lines for finite element plates with customized bounds
•Wizard based geometry generation
•A large number of pre-defined frames
•Circular and parabolic arches
•Cylinders and cones composed of beams and/or plates
•Physical elements concept to group different elements
•Surfaces can be used for load transfer and self-weight calculation
•Surfaces can be used to simulate diaphragm effects

PRODUCTIVE MESH GENERATION

Functionalities in the TSE program allow to generate automatically detail elements in an automatically generated mesh perimeter.

These functionalities are specifically  related to the refinement area, the opening, the linear constraint and the punctual constraint. All detail elements added to the TSE model will be automatically connected to the finite element mesh.

The mesh perimeter will also connect any elements already in the model to the mesh perimeter automatically if they are in the plane of the mesh contour.

DISPLAY FEATURES

•3D solid display of all section shapes
•Ultra-fast 3D visualization in wire frame or solid modes
•Customized display of all graphical objects
•Partial model visualization
•Results can be displayed on screen for the whole or a part of the structure
•Results can be displayed for each element separately by means of graphics and numerical results spreadsheets
•Results can be displayed for a set of elements by means of numerical results spreadsheets
•Graphical display of seismic and dynamic analysis results
•Model size limited only to the physical capacity of the computer

The program manages to scale the size of the various pictures including toolbar buttons in order to make the user interface easy to use on every monitor, even on very high resolution monitors.

OBJECTS TRANSPARENCY

Objects transparency (current selection, solid members, plates, surfaces, spatial objects, panels) is available in the TSE program. The level of transparency may be customized for each type of object from the Display Options command.

FILES IMPORT AND DATA EXCHANGE

FILES IMPORT

IFC (INDUSTRY FOUNDATION CLASSES)
The integration of IFC in the program enables importation of models from a large number of architectural and structural software.

IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) is an open and neutral data format allowing the definition of related classes to all construction objects.

It is dedicated to the building sector and aims to software interoperability (all editors, all applications).

IFC is the most widely used protocol for information exchange and sharing between different platforms of BIM (Building Information Modeling).

DATA EXCANGE
•AutoCAD interface to import and export models by way of a DXF file
•The SDNF (Steel Detailing Neutral File) interface exports beams, columns and braces to SDNF compatible detailing softwares
•The KISS (Keep It Simple Steel) interface exports beams, columns and braces to KISS compatible estimation softwares
•IFC-Architecture interface for importing models from Revit or other IFC compliant programs.
•If required, members subdivision and account for physical elements will be carried out automatically
•The solid view of the structure may also be exported when exporting to AutoCAD

COMPREHENSIVE REPORTS PROVIDED

•Results can be visualized either graphically or numerically
•Input data and results may be printed for the whole structure or partial structures using a graphical selection or a range of elements
•Customized list of input data and results to be printed
•Reports are available in several formats including SAFI™ reports, Microsoft Excel worksheets, Microsoft Access databases and ASCII text files
•All graphics can be printed or copied to the clipboard for use in external programs

UNIT SYSTEMS

Metric, imperial and mixed units systems are allowed and can be modified at any time.

Reports are printed according to any unit system.

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