The GUI for the Import Weld-Groups, as shown below, and is divided into three sections: Welds Of The FE-model, Show/Edit Welds, Move/Rotate FE-model

Welds Of The FE-model

This section shows a list/table with all the existing welds by their spring-properties in the FE-model. The left-hand column shows the properties ID in Femap while the right-hand column shows the label of the weld (spring property).

Show/Edit Welds

This section offers four different commands of which two are used to edit welds.


Creates a new weld from a part of an existing one. Before making use of Split the weld from the list to be split needs to be selected. Then a label for the new spring-property has to be defined, as shown in the image below. The user defined label for the new property will be displayed as a comment in the new spring-property. After labelling the new spring-property, the entity selection box appears in Femap where spring-elements are selected which shall be assigned to the new property.

Note:        The Split command can only be applied on existing spring-properties which have been created by WeldFEM.
Selecting non-spring-elements in step 2), as shown above, will not affect the Split command, since all non-spring-elements will be ignored in this entity selection.
Furthermore, a weld that had just been created by splitting another weld cannot be splitted again. First the creation of the first new weld has to be approved.

Note:        With Show Weld the successful split can always be checked by highlighting the respective weld.

Once splitting up of spring-properties is finished, the transfer of the changes to WeldFEMneeds to be affirmed with OK, at the bottom of the GUI.

Subsequently a GUI similar to the Weld Editor GUI will pop up, which offers to edit the assessment parameters of the newly imported welds, as described in Weld Editor GUI. After all changes have been applied the import of new welds must be confirmed with the command Import, at the lower right hand corner of this GUI.

Note:        Spring-properties with no elements left after splitting will not appear in the table shown above.

Note:        The appearance of the GUI shown above might differ depending on the selected Assessment Standard.


Combines existing welds or parts of them. Its main purpose is to reassign "universal" joints to their correct joint types, in case WeldFEM was not able to detect a joint clearly. Before making use of Reassign a spring-property from the list needs to be selected as the address where elements to be selected shall be assigned to. With Reassign the entity selection box in Femap pops up and all spring-properties which share the same weld type and sheet thickness combination are being highlighted. Now the spring-elements which are to be assigned to the spring-property that has been selected beforehand can be picked.

Note:        The Reassign command can only be applied on existing spring-properties.
Selecting non-spring-elements in step 1), as shown above, will not affect the Reassign command, since all non-spring-elements will be ignored in the entity selection.

Note:        With Show Weld the successful reassignment can always be checked by highlighting the respective weld.

Delete Property

Will delete one or more spring-properties that have been selected in the list.

Note:        Only spring-properties which are not in use by any spring-elements any longer can be deleted.
For omitting welds in the assessment a delete option is available in WeldFEM, see Weld Editor GUI.

Show Weld

highlights a selected spring-property in Femap.

Move/Rotate FE-model

Femap does not allow to move, rotate nor zoom in or out of the FE-model while the Weld Manager GUI is open and idle. In order to do so, the Weld Manager GUI offers the dummy-command Enter Femap which allows to reorient the FE-model in Femap while the box "Select View Position" is open. Closing this box gives focus back to the Weld Manager GUI.