Free Variable Load 1
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The new version 5.03.0050 of RFEM includes a new type of surface load named ‘Free Variable Load’. This enables you to apply a load with variable load distribution in the z‑direction and along the perimeter on surfaces.
Figure shows a round container on the left and a load which is variable in the Z‑direction is applied on it in a direction normal to the surface. The representation of the free load always refers to a surface resting on a defined plane (XZ plane in this case) with the normal axis lying in the direction of the free axis (x‑axis in this case).
In order to obtain a load variable about the height (z‑axis), select the ‘Varying’ option under ‘In Z‑direction’. Then you can create loads with any elevations using the corresponding button.
The factor kz refers to the value of the constant load, as shown in the figure marked with green. Important note for entering complex load distributions: Exporting and importing to MS Excel is possible also here.
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