When entering the building values, I have a wall at a location on a ceiling that is not supported underneath. Which modeling options are available for this?


If the load-bearing capacity of the wall plate is neglected and applied to the ceiling only as a load by line load, the result is excessive deformations.
Without taking the nonlinear property of the masonry into account, minor deformations result.
In principle, there are 3 options available in RFEM.
  • Line release where only vertical compressive forces are transferred. The nonlinear property is only applied directly to the connection line of both surfaces during the force transmission.
  • nonlinear material "Isotropic Masonry". The tension stresses in the x- and y-direction (i.e. vertical and horizontal) are iteratively reduced to the set limit values by reducing the stiffness. Using this model, it is possible to represent the behavior of a masonry wall most realistically, since the tension stresses are reduced in the direction of the mortar joints. The "RF-MAT-NL" add-on module is required for this.
  • nonlinear stiffness type "Membrane Without Tension". The tension stresses in the principal stress direction are iteratively reduced by reducing the stiffness.


Masonry Modeling Isotropic material Without membrane tension Wall Nonlinear


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