Imposed Nodal Deformation

Glossary Term

Imposed nodal deformations are displacements of a supported node. They can be used to model column settlement or rotation, for example.

The imposed deformation can be defined for each of the six degrees of freedom, but only in the direction in which the node has a support.

Imposed displacements have a positive effect if pointing in the direction of the positive axes of the respective coordinate axis system. Positive imposed rotations act right-handed about the corresponding positive axis of the nodal support.

Entering in RFEM and RSTAB

Imposed nodal deformations can be entered and defined using the menu 'Insert' → 'Loads' → 'Imposed Nodal Deformations' or using the Data navigator.


Imposed nodal deformation Imposed deformation Node Load Load types



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RFEM 5.xx

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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

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

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