# Member

### 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.

#### Bibliography

 [1] Manual RFEM. (2018). Tiefenbach: Dlubal Software. [2] Manual RSTAB. (2013). Tiefenbach: Dlubal Software.