Why use VisualPlate? While less sophisticated than VisualAnalysis, it is far more economical and faster for defining models. It is also more versatile than the specialized ConcreteBending product. This tool is analysis only, no design checks are included.
Solve plate bending problems for any geometry of flat plate, with various supports or holes.
Works with any linear-elastic material, metal, concrete, or whatever you need to bend.
Automatic FEA meshing, thick-plate element formulation, and the power of the VisualAnalysis 'engine'.
Graphical and textual reports of deflections, reactions, moments, and shears. View von Mises stress criteria.
See the User's Guide for more complete details and short training videos.
Plate bending analysis (any material)
Multiple plate thicknesses
Holes of any shape
Stiffeners or beams
Elastic spring supports along a line
Unlimited model size
Customizable 'architectural' grid lines
Flexible edge and point supports
Import & export DXF files
Export FEA model to VisualAnalysis for more advanced work
IBC and ASCE 7 load combinations included
Customizable load combinations
Custom service load cases
Plate self-weight may be included
Uniform or linear area loads, rectangular or circular
Rotate area loads in-the-plane
Ring loads (rectangular or circular)
Column loads, axial and moments
Automated FEA meshing
Sophisticated thick-plate finite element formulation
Moment, shear values plotted
Nonlinear analysis capabilities
Moment diagrams along a line through plate
Full-color reporting for a professional look and easy reading
Filter reports by load case
Export numerical table to .xls, .pdf, or .html format