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How will I get the actual member length of e.g. cables after the calculation by RF-FORM-FINDING?


This information is available in the Results navigator for members (see Figure 01). There, the member lengths are displayed in relation to the loaded system and the unloaded system. The "Loaded length" is obtained from the form-finding under consideration of the prestresses

The recalculation to the "unloaded length" can be done manually using Hooke's law:

${\mathrm l}_{\mathrm{unloaded}}\;=\;{\mathrm l}_{\mathrm{loaded}}\;-\;\mathrm{Δl}\\\\\mathrm\sigma\;=\;\mathrm E\;\cdot\;\mathrm\varepsilon\\\frac{\mathrm F}{\mathrm A}\;=\;\mathrm E\;\cdot\;\frac{\mathrm{Δl}}{\mathrm l}\\\mathrm{Δl}\;=\;\frac{\mathrm F\;\cdot\;\mathrm l}{\mathrm E\;\cdot\;\mathrm A}\\\\{\mathrm l}_{\mathrm{unloaded}}\;=\;{\mathrm l}_{\mathrm{loaded}}\;-\;\frac{\mathrm F\;\cdot\;{\mathrm l}_{\mathrm{loaded}}}{\mathrm E\;\cdot\;\mathrm A}\;=\;{\mathrm l}_{\mathrm{loaded}}\;\cdot\;\left(1-\;\frac{\mathrm F\;}{\mathrm E\;\cdot\;\mathrm A}\right)$


Length Cable Form-finding


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