Defining Arbitrary Nodal Load Sequence with Only One Member Load

Tips & Tricks

In RFEM and RSTAB, you can define a free selection of nodal loads with arbitrary distances and force magnitude on a beam element by means of just one load definition. To do this, set the load type to ‘Force’ and the load distribution to ‘Uniform’. Then you can accurately determine the load magnitude and distances of the nodal loads.

This option is very useful to simulate the loading of rafter beams on a purlin. Due to the member load, no division of the purlin is necessary at the load application points.


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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

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3,540.00 USD
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RSTAB 8.xx

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The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

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