60. plugins.section2d — Some functions operating on 2D structures.

This is a plugin for pyFormex. (C) 2002 Benedict Verhegghe

See the Section2D example for an example of its use.

class plugins.section2d.PlaneSection(F)[source]

A class describing a general 2D section.

The 2D section is the area inside a closed curve in the (x,y) plane. The curve is decribed by a finite number of points and by straight segments connecting them.

60.1. Functions defined in module plugins.section2d


Compute characteristics of plane sections.

The plane sections are described by their circumference, consisting of a sequence of straight segments. The segment end point data are gathered in a plex-2 Formex. The segments should form a closed curve. The z-value of the coordinates does not have to be specified, and will be ignored if it is. The resulting path through the points should rotate positively around the z axis to yield a positive surface.

The return value is a dict with the following characteristics:

  • L : circumference,
  • A : enclosed surface,
  • Sx : first area moment around global x-axis
  • Sy : first area moment around global y-axis
  • Ixx : second area moment around global x-axis
  • Iyy : second area moment around global y-axis
  • Ixy : product moment of area around global x,y-axes

Computes extended section characteristics for the given section.

S is a dict with section basic section characteristics as returned by sectionChar(). This function computes and returns a dict with the following:

  • xG, yG : coordinates of the center of gravity G of the plane section
  • IGxx, IGyy, IGxy : second area moments and product around axes through G and parallel with the global x,y-axes
  • alpha : angle(in radians) between the global x,y axes and the principal axes (X,Y) of the section (X and Y always pass through G)
  • IXX, IYY : principal second area moments around X,Y respectively. (The second area product is always zero.)
plugins.section2d.princTensor2D(Ixx, Iyy, Ixy)[source]

Compute the principal values and directions of a 2D tensor.

Returns a tuple with three values:

  • alpha : angle (in radians) from x-axis to principal X-axis
  • IXX,IYY : principal values of the tensor