Superposition Manager – Combination Rules – Action

A combination rule without actions and loads is like cooking a dish without ingredients. The preceding post was about to insert a new combination rule. This post covers the second step to do in the “SOFiSTiK: Superposition Manager – Combination Rules” Task; to insert a new Action.

1. Insert new element – Action

Adding a new action to the combination rules starts by hitting the “Action” button in the section “Insert new element”.

2. Type and Name

The drop-down menu contains all available actions of the project. Remember, these actions need to be defined in the “Load Case Manager” within SOFiPLUS or/and text-based in SOFiLOAD. The name on the right is picked up automatically from the database and can’t be modified.

3. Kind of action

Every defined action is assigned to a specific kind in “Load Case Manager” within SOFiPLUS or text-based in SOFiLOAD. When selecting the action type, the kind updates automatically. Changing the kind is possible.

4. Combination and safety factors

The tick box next to the different combination and safety factor allows you to modify the assigned value for this specific combination rule. The entered value will not be saved in the database, it’s a temporary change only. A permanent change needs to be done in “Load Case Manager” within SOFiPLUS or text-based in SOFiLOAD. For user-defined combinations – or explicitly defined combinations – the modification of the unfavourable, as well as the favourable safety factor, is activated by default. In addition, to enter a safety factor, it is possible to assign a specific code. A detailed explanation of the meaning of this code can be found in MAXiMA user manual chapter 3.8.1 in.

5. Chevron Button

To confirm and store the modifications in the database, it’s required to click on the chevron button.

6. List Combination Rules

It’s still the same list of combination rules. However, to enter the action settings of predefined combination rules click on the specific action. You can add a new action by clicking the “Action” button (1).

7. Used Design Code

The text line indicates the chosen design code. The design code itself is defined in the SOFiSTiK: System Information dialogue box when starting a new project.

Check as well the related posts

Superposition Manager – Combination Rules – Combination Rule
Superposition Manager – Combination Rules – Load Case

SOFiSTiK Version 2018 – 4.1.
MAXiMA User Manual Chapter 4, Interactive Version – WinMAX