Beam Diagrams PropertyManager

Creates shear, moment, torque, or axial force diagrams for beams or axial force diagrams for trusses. Beam diagrams are generated in the local directions for each beam.

To display this PropertyManager, run a Simulation study. Right-click Results and select Define Beam Diagrams.


Component Select one of the following:
  • Axial Force
  • Shear Force in Dir 1
  • Shear Force in Dir 2
  • Moment in Dir 1
  • Moment in Dir 2
  • Torque
For trusses, only Axial Force is available.
Units Select the units of the diagram.
  Render beam profile (slower) Displays beam diagrams on actual beam geometry as opposed to cylinders.

Selected Beams

All Selects all beams.
Select Select beams in the graphics area. The software considers only the beams in Selected Beams.
Beam Diagram Width Controls the width of beam plots for better visibility.


  Include title text Type a custom title for the plot.
  Associate plot with name view orientation Allows you to associate a predefined view orientation with the active plot.
Associate with current view Associates the current view with the active plot.
  • To show beam directions for an active beam diagram, right-click the beam diagram icon and select Settings. In the PropertyManager, under Deformed Plot Options, select Show beam directions.

    The software plots the beam local triad at the center of each beam.

  • When creating a new beam diagram plot, the fields of the Automatically defined maximum value and Automatically defined minimum value in Chart Options show the values of the Shear Force in Dir1 component regardless of the selected beam component. The software always shows the actual minimum and maximum values for the selected beam diagram in the graphics area.
Example of a fixed-fixed beam subjected to a uniformly distributed load along local Dir 1. The software plots the shear diagram in Dir1 and moment diagram about Dir 2.
Fixed-fixed beam subjected to a uniformly loading along direction1. To view a beam's local directions, create a Mesh Quality Plot. In the Settings tab, click Show beam directions.
Shear Force in Dir 1 diagram
Moment about Dir 2 diagram
For a beam subjected to a distributed load acting along local Dir 2, the software plots shear forces in Dir 2, and moment forces about Dir 1.

Beams or trusses under axial compressive loads show a negative axial beam stress value and beams under axial tensile loads show a positive axial beam stress value.