What is new in version 5.5
Every new version of MatrixFrame® contains improvements and extensions to construct even faster, better and more enjoyable. The following topics are new in MatrixFrame® version 5.5:
- Link with Microsoft Excel
- Link with other applications (OpenAPI and MXML)
- Integrated beam grilles and FEM plates
- Improved product table
MatrixFrame® has known the "1D-beams" project type for a long time, also known as "Continuous beams". This option is a generic analysis program for beams that can be used for many purposes. Manufacturers in the prefab concrete industry calculate many floor and beam systems every day. From the need to have fast and efficient calculation software for frequently occurring beam-shaped constructions, Matrix Software has developed a special variant: MatrixLigger (abbreviated: MxLigger)
MatrixLigger is equipped with various new options to design quickly and efficiently. In the first place, all floors and beams within a structure can be entered within the same project file. This allows calculations and reporting for an entire structure to be managed within the same design calculation. In addition, MatrixLigger is provided with various new calculation options, such as calculation with pre-stress, reinforcement design based on deflection, testing for fire resistance for floors, taking into account the irradiation of reinforcement per layer.
A separate knowledge base is available for MatrixLigger.
Link with Microsoft Excel
MatrixFrame® has a link with Microsoft Excel. The link is based on the OpenAPI, which is discussed further in the following topic. Users can design a spreadsheet within Excel themselves, which prepares the required input parameters for a MatrixFrame® calculation. As soon as the calculation button is pressed, the data is calculated in MatrixFrame® and the results are returned to Excel. The user can then decide for himself what to do with it within Excel. For example for a follow-up calculation, or for example for reporting.
Link with other applications (OpenAPI and MXML)
MatrixFrame® has an OpenAPI. This gives access to the MatrixFrame® analysis processes, without the necessity of using the MatrixFrame® user interface. This offers the possibility to use the analysis processes within MatrixFrame® from other applications. In version 5.5 the following are available for the OpenAPI:
- Input of geometry and loads.
- Generation of loads, load cases and load combinations.
- Mechanical anaylis.
- Cross-section code check for steel and wooden structures.
In future versions or service packs, the functionality of the MatrixFrame® OpenAPI will be expanded step by step.
A second component of the open structure of MatrixFrame® is the MXML data format. This is an XML-based format with some specific Matrix functions. The MXML is part of the OpenAPI functionality, but can also be applied separately for the input and output of MatrixFrame®.
Integrated beam grilles and FEM plates
From version 5.5 onwards, it is possible to calculate FEM plates including integrated beam / beam-shaped structural parts. For this, the functionality of the project types beam grillage and FEM plates is integrated. It is possible to make beams an integrated part of the floors. It is also possible to include the beams only as a support in the analysis.
Improved product table
The Matrix Product Table (abbreviated: Matrix PT) is the library with all sections and material data. The Product table has been updated. It has now become easier to add your own sections and materials to the library. In addition, it has become easier to manage static values of sections yourself. In previous versions, values were calculated where possible. At the request of users, more options have now come to manage the sections data manually. Finally, the Products table is prepared to be able to save the results of the MatrixTools® Cross-section module, so that this data can be applied within MatrixFrame®.