Defining Loads from Multilayer Composition

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The additional loads from self‑weight are usually composed of several layers, for example, the classic floor and ceiling layers in buildings or the road coatings for bridge constructions. When defining load definitions in RFEM and RSTAB, you can use the multilayer load to define the individual layers with thickness and specific weight. The sum from the individual surface weights is determined automatically and exported as member load in the load dialog box. To store often needed multilayers, you can use a special library. There, you can also change and copy the predefined multilayer compositions and add user‑defined ones.

In RFEM and RSTAB, the defined multilayer composition remains connected to the load and can be changed any time. The composition of the load value is shown in details in the printout report.


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