How does one change the orientation of the beam with GEBT?

  1. Bruno Henrique da Silveira


    I'm Bruno Henrique da Silveira, research assistant of Prof. Dr. Dewey Hodges at this summer on Georgia Institute of Technology. 

    We are working with GEBT in order to use in enery harvest applications.

    Then, How does one change the orientation of the beam with GEBT?


    Thank you,


  2. Su Tian

    Hi Bruno,

    Could you be more specific on 'change the orientation'? Do you mean building a beam in a position other than horizontal or a beam which is rotating?


    Su Tian

  3. Bruno Henrique da Silveira

    Hi Su,

    Given a global triad of mutually perpendicular unit vectors, a_1, a_2, a_3, in terms of which the beam loading is specified. Suppose one wants to point the undeformed beam coordinate axes x_1, x_2, x_3 in some directions b_1, b_2, b_3. How does one communicate to GEBT the direction cosines of b_1, b_2, b_3 relative to a_1, a_2, a_3?




  4. Su Tian

    Hi Bruno,

    In the GEBT input, you can provide any number of /frame/s, which are direction cosines connecting b_i with a_i .

    The format is, below the material properties block,


    C_11  C_12  C_13

    C_21  C_22  C_23

    C_31  C_32  C_33

    Besides, you need to indicate which frame is used by each member, which is the 6th argument in each member data line.

    For more details, please refer to the GEBT manual, page 6 and 7.


    Best regards,