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T&T 003 | Loads - Generate Member Loads from Area Loads
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The video shows how to use the "Generate Load" function to automatically convert area loads into member loads. For this, there are the options to generate loads via a plane or cells.
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Knowledge Base Articles
In RFEM 5 and RSTAB 8, you can generate surface loads like wind and snow by means of the implemented load generator. On frameworks, these surface loads are also displayed as surface load in the graphic by default. To quickly and easily control the applied load or the load on each individual member, you can use the option for the separate display of loads. To do this, select the respective check box in the ‘Display’ navigator as shown in the picture.
Product Features Articles
Area loads can be automatically converted into member loads. There are 2 options available for this:
- Member loads from area loads via plane
- Member loads from area loads via cells
Depending on the selected option, you either have to define a plane via corner nodes or select cells in the graphic. The area load can either be applied to the entire surface or only the effective or projected surface of the members.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- I use the load generator "Convert Area Loads to Member Loads via Cells." What is the function of the "Nodes on virtual lines" feature?
I have generated member loads from area loads via planes horizontal to the plane of a multistory frame. Each cell contains a truss as a diagonal. Although the diagonal has been excluded from the load, the member load distribution is linear in different directions after being disconnected on both posts.
What is the reason and what should be done to apply the same member load on both posts?
- Why do I get duplicated values for the load generation "Conversion of Area Load to Member Loads"?
- How can I display the generated load as a member load without "dissolving" the load?
- How can I set the deformation coefficient kdef in the program?
- I would like to design an aluminum or lightweight structure. Is it possible to use RFEM or RSTAB for this?
- How is the load distributed to the members in the angular axis method if members are excluded from the load application?
- A rigid member should only be able to absorb tensile forces or only compressive forces. What are the options for considering these nonlinearities in the calculation?
- The installation of a Dlubal Software program is not possible due to the following message: "Program unsafe, protection by Microsoft Defender SmartScreen." How can I install the program?
- How can I perform a stability analysis for a tapered member?