Nodal Load

Glossary Term

There are various load types that can be applied to a structural model. If a nodal load is defined, the load acts individually on a define node. It can be defined for each of the six degrees of freedom (force or moment) independently of each other.

The load can be entered by component (with regard to the respective coordinate system) or by direction (for example, rotated about a certain axis).

Nodal forces act positively if the load arrows point in the directions of the positive axes of the respective coordinate axes system.

The positive nodal moments act by right-hand twist about the corresponding positive global axis. In the program, the directions of the loads are displayed in the dialog box of the load entry in a preview picture.

Entering in RFEM and RSTAB

Nodal loads can be entered and defined in RFEM and RSTAB graphically by clicking 'Insert' → 'Loads' → 'Nodal Loads' → 'Graphically' or the corresponding button, or in tables using the Data navigator.


Nodal load Load types



RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

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

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD