Linking reactions between beams and columns (load path tracking)
ClearCalcs makes it easy to link reactions between beams and columns as point loads. In instances where two beams overlap, the reaction can be dynamically taken from the top beam; no need to copy and paste reactions between sheets! If the top beam's reactions change, the point load being inherited onto the lower beam will update automatically.
Simply click the chain link icon next to a point load and select another beam's reaction you want to inherit from the list, then specify the location it bears onto the beam.
Here's a short video we recorded of load tracking in action:
Some things to note:
- If you make changes to a beam which is linked and bearing onto others, make sure to check those sheets to ensure they are still passing (you can see their status in the sidebar or member schedule)
- ClearCalcs will automatically detect and stop circular references, but it will allow you to delete beams that are linked to each other. You will be warned that other sheets are linked to this before you delete, and if you proceed you'll need to go to those sheets and clear the link/point load.