# Member

### Glossary Term

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A member is the simplest structural element in a structure. It is defined by an initial and end node.

By assigning a cross-section and related material the member has a stiffness. Members are always only connected by the nodes.

Members do not have any lateral expansion. They are thus an idealization of real structural components.

#### Keywords

member, members, structural element

#### Bibliography

 [1] RFEM Manual. Tiefenbach: Dlubal Software, February 2016. [2] RSTAB Manual. Tiefenbach: Dlubal Software, April 2013.