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FAQ 002260 EN-US

05/28/2019

Markus Baumgärtel Modeling | Loading RFEM

For "Free Loads", the sum of the loads does not correspond to the sum of the support reactions! Is this a program error?

Answer

Free loads are not bound to an object when they are created. Fundamentally, "ALL" of contacted surfaces are stressed. This is also shown in the attached diagram. If you define a free load (example of a free concentrated load with 10 kN) and do not specify a specific surface, all surfaces that hit this load in the direction of the loading are stressed. If two surfaces are engaged, the sum of the support reaction = 20 kN (no further loads required in the structure).

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Free Loads Total support reaction

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