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##### Analyzing & Optimizing Stiffened Panels / Combining Smeared Stringers with Discrete Segment Frames

« Last post by**danvic**on

*September 17, 2018, 01:47:38 PM*»

What would be the process (or workaround) when you have frames discretely modeled with bar elements but the stringers are to be accounted for in smeared panels (spacing to be determined)?

It seems to me that the "segments" approach is intended to be used on a model that has both the stringers and frames discretely modeled using techniques 2 or 3, and not a mixture of smeared stiffeners in one direction and discrete stiffeners in the other. So far, the best alternative I could come up with is doing a conventional smeared panel sizing for the stringers and treating the frames as independent beam assemblies.

Thanks for any idea or clarification.

It seems to me that the "segments" approach is intended to be used on a model that has both the stringers and frames discretely modeled using techniques 2 or 3, and not a mixture of smeared stiffeners in one direction and discrete stiffeners in the other. So far, the best alternative I could come up with is doing a conventional smeared panel sizing for the stringers and treating the frames as independent beam assemblies.

Thanks for any idea or clarification.