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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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N Null Element

A connection element with the thickness t = 0 mm

Null elements are used to create a rigid connection between two elements that do not have a common node.

For a null element, the normal thickness t = 0 mm. The shear thickness t* must be greater than zero for each element. Determination of the shear thickness t* is required for the null elements that are not affected by "normal" elements (t > 0) along their entire length.

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