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# STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGN - FORUM

P-DELTA ANALYSIS

Posted bychaz
on Tue, Dec 4 2012 8:53 AM
Technical Reference Manual
5.37.2 P-Delta Analysis Options
Used to perform a second-order analysis, considering either large- or small-delta effectsor
bothon the structure.
1. P-Delta analysis with Small & Large Delta effects or Large Delta effects only. With this
option the global forces are adjusted with every iteration
PDELTA (n) ANALYSIS (CONVERGE (m)) ( { LARGEDELTA | SMALLDELTA } ) (PRINT print-
options)
Where:
n = no. of iterations desired (default value of n = 1).
m = the maximum number of iterations used to check convergence, even if
convergence has not been achieved. Do not use CONVERGE when n is specified.
SMALLDELT is the default
Based on the above section of the technical reference manual, how to perform second order
analysis considering both small delta and large delta effect on STAAD.Pro???
second order analysis, large delta, P-delta analysis, small delta

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Posted byKris Sathia
on Tue, Dec 4 2012 10:51 AM
In versions of STAAD created during the past 3-4 years, the following command will ensure that
both effects are considered.
PDELTA 30 ANALYSIS SMALLDELTA
If you have a version of STAAD created during the past 6-12 months (V8i SS3 and SS4), the word
SMALLDELTA is not needed, as in the following example.
PDELTA 30 ANALYSIS
But no harm in including it.
P Delta and Linear Anaylsis

Posted byAnonymous
on Mon, Dec 13 2010 5:18 PM
I am wonderinf if there a way to do both a P Delta analysis and a linear analysis together and
have the two different results displayed next to eachother so I can compare them
Thanks for any help offered

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Posted bySKLose
on Tue, Dec 14 2010 6:13 AM
Here is a hypothetical example. In this example, Load 1 is the vertical load. Load 2 is the lateral
To obtain the combined effect of these, one with a simple linear analysis, and the other with a
PDelta, create two combination cases.
Load 11 is the combination for examining the PDelta effect. Since this does not satisfy the
principle of superposition, we combine the two cases using the REPEAT LOAD syntax.
Load 12 is the linear combination for linear elastic analysis that does not include the Pdelta effect.
Since this satisfies the principle of superposition, the combination can be done using the "LOAD
COMBINATION" syntax.
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