### How do Plates and Walls interact with each other?

Below is a model of a concrete flat slab (represented by a plate) which is bearing on two columns and a skewed wall. As we know from plate meshing we will obviously have to submesh this slab in order to get accurate results. However if we do an ordinary submesh (as shown below) the plates will not...

### Why is Plate Meshing Important?

Aside from the topic of plate connectivity, the concept of plate meshing is equally important to the analysis of structures using finite elements (plates).

### How to Model a Hole in a Plate

While RISA-3D (or RISA-2D) does not have an explicit tool to punch a hole in a plate, you can use the following steps to manually model them:

### How to Apply a Tapered Load to Plates in RISA-3D

It’s easy to apply tapered surface loads to plates in RISA-3D by stepping up the loads from one level to the next.

### Rebar Design using the Internal Force Summation Tool in RISA-3D

When you have a plate model for a slab or wall in RISA-3D, the Internal Force Summation Tool (IFST) is a very useful analysis tool to get exactly the forces that you want to design for. To use the tool, you must:

### How to Model a Semi-Rigid Diaphragm

RISA-3D does not inherently have the capability to define a semi-rigid diaphragm. If you’re dealing with a complex roof system then you probably need to be able to model something that behaves accurately though. This is the perfect application for Semi-Rigid Diaphragms. A semi-rigid diaphragm is...

### How Do Plates Connect to Members?

In order to understand the interaction between plates and members it is important that you know the basics of Physical Members and Plate Connectivity. Remember that plates only connect to other elements at their corners, and you will instantly recognize why the model below will not work as intended.