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FAQ 003601 EN

20 September 2019

Sonja von Bloh Modeling | Structure RFEM

What is the effect of the option 'Use Division for Members with Node Lying on Them' in the FE Mesh Settings?

Answer

With the option 'Use Division for Members with Node Lying on Them', a member is internally divided at the member locations where nodes are situated.
The structure in Figure 1 includes two members, member S1 from node 1 to node 2 and member S2 from node 3 to node 4.
If the option 'Use Division for Members with Node Lying on Them' is activated, member S1 is internally divided at node 4. Thus, the member S1 is connected to the member S2, which is also visible on the deformation (Figure 2).
If the option 'Use Division for Members with Node Lying on Them' is deactivated, member S1 is not divided at node 4. Thus, member S1 is not connected to member S2. Figure 3 shows the deformation in this case.
The structure in Figure 4 includes the member S1 from node 1 to node 2. On the member, there is node 3, to which a nodal load PZ = 50 kN is applied. The nodal load only loads member S1 if the option 'Use Division for Members with Node Lying on Them' is selected (Figure 5). If this option is deactivated, member S1 is not loaded by this nodal load (Figure 6).

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