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Technical Terms Used in Dlubal Software

The Dlubal Structural Analysis Wiki explains technical terms used in structural analysis and design. The terms are given in alphabetical order and are usually used in Dlubal Software.


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E Elastic Surface Foundation

An elastic surface foundation represents an elastic support of all 2D elements of a surface.

An elastic surface foundation is used for an elastic support of surfaces. As a support or spring, you can define the spring constants Cu,x/Cu,y/Cu,z. The direction of the support refers to the local surface axes x, y and z.

The unit kip/ft³ describes the force, which — for example, in the case of Cu,z — is required to shift a surface of one square meter by one meter in the z‑direction (hence ft³).

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