CSE - VERSIONS
C.S.E. is available in three different versions: FULL, STANDARD and LIGHT. LIGHT version, is in turn available in sub-versions LIGHT ENTRY, LIGHT BASIC and LIGHT PREMIUM.
LIGHT versions do not allow the free creation of connections, but only allow using a collection of typical nodes. The three versions (ENTRY, BASIC, PREMIUM) differ by the number of typical nodes available (63, 159, 786). Besides, LIGHT versions do not allow the parameterization of new nodes. This page is to deepen LIGHT version capabilities.
The STANDARD version has all the available typical nodes (like LIGHT PREMIUM, 786), and moreover it allows to freely create new nodes, that is freely adding and removing components, freely placed in 3D space. By using STANDARD version you can create nodes freely. The STANDARD version, however, does not allow to parameterize new nodes, and therefore to create one's own parameterized nodes.
FULL version has all the functionalities with no limitation. In particular: it has all the available typical nodes; it allows free positioning of components; it allows new nodes parametrization, according to one's needs.
The three versions have also some other differences, referring to the maximum size of automatic FEM models, and to the maximum number of different nodes in a unique file. The following table with its notes explains the main differences between the versions.
► PRenodes: Number of families of parameterized nodes available (typical nodes). Each family can lead to several infinities of different nodes, but all having the same topology. You can change the sizes and the thicknesses, add or remove bolts and weld seams, but you cannot add more components, or remove the existing ones, or shift them.
► maxJNODES: Maximum number of JNodes in a single model (a unique CSE file). A JNode can have more identical repetitions in the structure, but it is always the same JNode. For instance, a symmetric 2D portal frame has 2 JNodes, if two-storeys it has 3, if four-storeys it has 3 (considering the column as a unique member).
► SAMBA: A module to manage the cross-section and material archives (single cross sections and materials can anyhow be added in a model, without the need of SAMBA).
► Parameterization: It means the ability to record, store and use new generic parameterized nodes (PRenodes). The user will be able to create his or her own collection of ready-to-use nodes.
► Free creation: It means if the connections can be or not created freely positioning the components. If not, the user can only use the available families of PRenodes (available parameterized real nodes, typical nodes)..
► maxNODES: It is the maximum number of nodes in the plate-shell FEM models automatically created by CSE, so as to analyze single components or sets of components. The number of degrees of freedom is approximately equal to 6 times this number.