Glossary Term

A stress results from the action of a force on a surface unit.

A stress is a resulting force related to a surface.

There is a difference between normal stresses σ (perpendicular to the surface) and shear stresses τ (tangential to the surface).

Based on the specified loading and a cross-section of a structural component, the corresponding stress is calculated in RFEM and RSTAB. The stress is often used to design load capacity of a structural component.


Stress Normal stress Shear stress


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

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3,540.00 USD
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