FAQ 000727 EN

Display Settings RFEM

Where can I find the results of the contact stress (soil pressure) for the elastic surface foundation or the member elastic foundation displayed on the screen?


The results of soil pressures are called contact stresses in RFEM and can be displayed with the Results navigator.

You can select the "Contact Stresses" for display below the respective navigator entry for surfaces and members.

For example, for surfaces it is sigma-z that represents the stress in the transition zone to the foundation (see picture).

The table display of results can be found in the results table 4.21 Surfaces - Contact Stresses and 4.7 Members - Contact Stresses.

These tables are reproduced in the printout report.


contact stress, soil pressure, elastic foundation, sigma-z

RFEM Main Program
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