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AnswerIn SHAPE-THIN, it is possible to connect independent cross-section parts by means of so-called dummy elements. This way you will get a complete cross-section and you can use it for designing in RSTAB or RFEM.
Dummy elements:Each element must be assigned a thickness t. This value represents the actual thickness of the cross-section part for the full transfer of the normal effects.In addition, the effective thickness t* controls the shear transfer for "artificial" coupling elements with a thickness t = 0. These dummy elements provide a shear stiff connection between two elements that do not have a common node. The definition of a shear thickness t* > 0 is required for dummy elements that are not affected by normal elements (t > 0) over their entire length.
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Wind Simulation & Wind Load Generation
With the stand-alone program RWIND Simulation, wind flows around simple or complex structures can be simulated by means of a digital wind tunnel.
The generated wind loads acting on these objects can be imported to RFEM or RSTAB.
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