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How can I apply concentrated loads to a curved surface?

Answer

Concentrated loads on curved surfaces can be defined as follows:

  • Construct a line through the curved surface that intersects the surface at the points where the concentrated load is to be applied.

  • Select the "Connect Lines/Members" function in the "Tools" menu.

  • In the graphic, draw a rectangle in the area where the line intersects the surface. Creates points on the surface.

  • The points now lie exactly on the surface. However, they are not yet connected to the surface. For plane surfaces, this is done automatically. For curved surfaces, the points must be integrated manually. To do this, double-click the surface where you want to integrate the points. Select the "Integrated" tab and add the numbers of the points, for example with [Pick], into the list.

  • All points and lines that are no longer needed can be deleted.

  • Now the integrated points can be loaded with concentrated loads.

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