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FAQ 003431 EN

7 August 2019

Markus Baumgärtel Modeling | Loading RFEM RSTAB

I use the load generator "Convert Area Loads to Member Loads via Cells". What is the function of the "Nodes on notional Lines" function?


If a cell closed on all sides is detected in the structural model, it can be used for the load application. However, if the desired load range is not completely enclosed by members, the cell is not recognized by the load generator.

With the "Nodes on notional lines" function, you can define the corner nodes of the load area manually and thus clearly define the cell area. The cell defined in this way can then be selected as usual by using the pick function of the individual cell nodes.


Surface load Load generator Cell Cell nodes Fictitious line


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