Glossary Term

A member is the simplest structural element in a structure. It is defined by an initial and end node.

By assigning a cross-section and the related material, the member gets a stiffness. Members are always connected by the nodes only.

Members do not have any lateral expansion. Thus, they are an idealization of real structural components.


Member Members Structural element



RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

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Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

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RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

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The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

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2,550.00 USD