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I have modeled a cross-section with point elements in SHAPE-THIN. However, when importing the cross-section in RSTAB / RFEM, these point elements are not displayed. What is the reason for this?


Point elements represent relatively small objects in order to represent irregularities in the cross-section geometry. They can be added as a fillet, rectangle, circle, or triangle or removed from member surfaces. In this way, you can additionally consider or exclude the area of the point element for the cross-section properties. Point elements do not have stress points, so no stresses are determined on scaling points. Therefore, the point elements are irrelevant for the evaluation in the add-on modules and are not displayed graphically. Nevertheless, the point elements are considered in the cross-section values.


Point element Cross-Section Value

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