If openings are available in surfaces, the surfaces in the opening zones are, as is well known, not to be stressed. Is it still possible to generate a surface load on an opening anyway?


Yes, that is possible. The "Generate Loads → From Surface Load to Openings" function allows you to do just that (see Figure 1). For the load, you can select in which direction the load should act, the area load distribution, the area load direction, the load distribution type, and of course the surface load (see Figure 2).

Thus, it is possible to set the loads e.g. for non-load bearing elements such as windows or the like.


Surface load Opening Load generator

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