Surface Release

Glossary Term

A surface release allows structural decoupling of objects or certain forces of the objects connected to a surface. In addition, it is possible to define nonlinear contact properties.

Entering in RFEM

A surface release can be defined using the menu "Insert" → "Model Data" → "Surface Releases" or using the project navigator data "Model Data" → "Surface Releases." First, select the original surface, which is a basis for the surface release, graphically in the work window by using the "New Surface Release" dialog box. Then, define a suitable surface release type, that is, in which local directions the objects are released or nonlinearities such as failure for only one direction. Similarly, you can also define inclined releases by means of spring constants. Finally, define the released objects.


Surface release Contact Nonlinearity



RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

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

Price of First License
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