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Panel zones are assigned to joints to model the flexibility of beam-column connections. Panel zones may be linear or nonlinear, and may affect the following performance measures:

  • Structural drift
  • Structural period
  • Moment distribution

Panel-zone results are available through Display > Show Tables > Analysis Results > Element Output > Panel Zone Output

When designing ductile steel-frame systems, continuity-plate requirements are calculated as part of the code-based design check. For this part of the design check, it is not required that panel zones be defined. Additional information may be found in the design-code documentation available under Help > Documentation > Design > Steel Frame Design.

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