In PLAXIS 3D, a custom connection can be created in Staged construction mode between two plates or between a beam and a plate.
However, it may happen that, due to different reasons mentioned below, the created custom connection is considered invalid and requires to be removed from the project before performing the calculation.
In PLAXIS Input, a connection is considered invalid when:
In case of an invalid connection an error message will appear when the Calculate button is clicked:
Figure1. Error feedback for an invalid custom connection
When using the PLAXIS Remote scripting API with the Python wrapper, it is possible to automate the process of removing any invalid custom connections present in a project.
The suggested Python script can perform the following actions on any invalid custom connection(s):
The script is tested with PLAXIS 3D CONNECT Edition V20.04 with Python 3.7.4
Create custom connection with selection API