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Cracked-section properties are not automatically implemented in response-spectrum or any other type of analysis, though they may be manually input through any one of the following methods:

  1. Create two separate models, one with uncracked properties and one with cracked-section properties.
  2. Use frame property modifiers as follows:

    • Develop the model using uncracked properties and analyze the system for strength-based load cases.
    • Model the cracked sections by assigning frame property modifiers through interactive database editing, available through Edit > Interactive Database Editing > Model Definition > Frame Assignments > Frame Items Assignments > Table: Frame Property Modifiers.
    • Run response-spectrum or another type of analysis for the modified model.

      Revert to the original (uncracked) model by changing the frame property modifiers to their original value.
  3. Use staged-construction analysis with named property sets to analyze different model configurations, described as follows:

    • Develop the model using uncracked properties and analyze the system for strength-based load cases.
    • Use staged construction to create a different model configuration with cracked-section properties.
    • Analyze the cracked model as follows:

      • Define frame property modifiers for the cracked sections through Define > Name Property Sets > Frame Modifiers.
      • Define a single staged-construction load case with two operations. Use the first operation to select Add Structure, then use the second to model cracked-section properties through Change Modifiers.
      • Define a modal load case which uses the stiffness at the end of the previously defined staged-construction load case, where cracked-section properties are applied.
      • Define a response-spectrum or another type of load case based on the modal case previously defined.

        This method is convenient because it does not require modification between uncracked and cracked models.

        Note that staged-construction analysis is only available with the Ultimate licensing level.

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