Extend your capabilities with PLAXIS 2D 2017

03 April 2017
Extend your capabilities with PLAXIS 2D 2017

Plaxis is pleased to announce the release of PLAXIS 2D 2017.00.

This new release brings new features expanding the geotechnical capabilities of PLAXIS and increases the ease of use.

Features include non-linear geogrids, cross and parallel permeability for interfaces, the first full 64-bit 2D release and a host of other tweaks and functions. Read up on the new features below.

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Cross and parallel permeability in interfaces

In the Interfaces tab of the material dataset users can now select between permeable, impermeable and semi-permeable options to define the cross permeability.  Parallel permeability is defined here as well. Output facilities have been extended with options to inspect the flow through and along the interfaces.

Non-linear geogrids: Elastoplastic (N-ε) & Viscoelastic (time-dependent)

PLAXIS 2D 2017 introduces two new types of behavior for geogrids. Users can now include elastoplastic, or viscoelastic behavior. For the elastoplastic behavior user can define N-epsilon diagrams. With the viscoelastic behavior, creep can be taken into account for geogrids.

64-bit release and performance improvements

PLAXIS 2D 2017 is the first full 64-bit 2D release including numerous speed improvements allowing the software to deal with more complex projects.

Multiply command for numeric properties (VIP)

The multiply command can be used to for instance multiply a set of loads with various load components by a factor higher or lower than 1. This command can be issued in the various modes on numerous objects, and especially for staged construction offers a convenient way to explore alternate load conditions, thermal conditions, initial conditions etc.

Python integration in Expert Menu (VIP)

Using remote scripting has become more user friendly and easier with incorporation of a Python sub menu in the Expert Menu. User can launch a Python interpreter, a Python Editor, and a Python Command prompt directly from PLAXIS to start modelling by use of the scripting language. There is also an option to bookmark scripts and directly run favorite scripts from PLAXIS. The integration also means nice libraries can be added, one of these is the PyQtGraph package a convenient library to use for advanced plotting options with Python.

Command line improvements

2D 2017 brings some improvements for the command line window. Users can now right click in the command line window and choose the Pop-out option to detach the command line window from the program. In addition some extra options to copy all successful commands or responses are available.

 Other features:

  • Grout anchor behavior for Embedded beam rows
  • Directly input the element dimension in the expert settings of the mesh menu
  • Time shown in Output plot title for calculations where a time component is defined
  • Soil layering based on Robertson interpretation for imported CPT borehole data (VIP)
  • Hoek-brown model available in Design approaches (VIP)
  • Multiselect-on-click behavior for selecting overlapping  objects of the same type
  • Grouped clusters based on material assignment in Output Model explorer
  • Equivalent force arrow can be hidden from cross sections
  • Inverse analysis settings in SoilTest can be now be saved
  • PLAXIS 2D 2017 Viewer

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