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FAQ 003091 EN

20 May 2019

Sonja von Bloh Modeling | Structure RFEM RSTAB

How can I find crossing, unconnected members in the model?

Answer

With the model check, members that cross each other but do not have a common node at the point of intersection can be found (see Figure 1). To check the model, select Tools -> Model check -> Opening or closing intersecting members.
The results are shown in the "Groups of Crossing Not Connected Members" dialog section. The crossing members are listed in groups; the current group is represented by a
Arrow marked.
The "What is to be done with" dialog section controls how the crossing members are handled. The "Connect members" option is suitable for actual transfer options for internal forces, but not for For example, for usual diagonal crossings with tension members.
Alternatively, it is also possible to use the model check to display the member pairs as an Excel list or to create visibilities. The visibilities created in this way can be quickly used to find and delete relevant members in the model.

Keywords

Model check Crossing members Disconnected members

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