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How can I consider eccentric load introduction?

Answer

Since program version 5.19, the eccentric load introduction can also be directly considered in RFEM by using the member loads (see Figure 1). The eccentric load introduction can be applied for the "Force" load type.

Alternatively (for example in RSTAB), you can also consider a connection with a rigid member to consider external concentrated loads that act eccentrically on the member. The rigid member is to be connected perpendicularly to the corresponding member. The length of the rigid member corresponds to the amount of the eccentricity (see Figure 2).

Alternatively, you can enter the torsional moment due to the eccentric load introduction as external loading (also for eccentric member loads). Thus, the eccentric action would be considered and the definition of a rigid member would not be necessary (see Figure 3).

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