Can a load also be defined as acceleration [m/s²]?


Yes, this is possible via the load generator.

In the 'Tools' menu, you can find the 'From Motion...' command under 'Generate Loads'.

In the 'Generate Loads From Motion' dialog box, you can then define an acceleration a in [m/s²] which can be used to determine a load, depending on the mass of the structure.

In RSTAB, it is thus possible to generate a load on a member. In RFEM, on a member, surface, or solid.

Important: The program uses the self-weight of the structure. The mass of a specific load case cannot be applied here.


Load Acceleration


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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

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