Can I model a pulley with RFEM?


In RFEM, you can simulate a pulley by using the "Cable on Pulleys" member type. In this way, it is possible to calculate pulley systems, for example.

It is necessary to ensure that the member including all buckling points only consists of one polyline (see the figure). Otherwise, the model would be suspended on nodal supports and no force deflection would occur at these points.


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RFEM 5.xx

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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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