Is it possible to assign the identical section or cross-section names with the SHAPE‑THIN program?


You can use the SHAPE‑THIN program to assign any cross-section name you want. However, you should be careful when using the same name for different cross-sections.

Due to the data structure saved in the program, the program overwrites the cross-sections with the same descriptions. In this case, the database of the SHAPE‑THIN program is linked to the program RFEM and RSTAB. The doubled data records would inevitably lead to conflicts in the program.

If you want to assign the identical names repeatedly, it is possible to delete the EigProf.dat file in the respective directory (for example, C:\ProgramData\Dlubal\RFEM 5.xx\General Data). This file is used for saving user-defined cross-sections.


Data storage Cross-section name Cross-section description EigProf


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