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    In 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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