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Point load (Load)

Last modified by Iwona Budny Bjergø on 2022/01/18 12:23

Point load

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Depending on the current FEM-Design module, point force and/or moment can be defined easily by giving just the load insertion point and direction. The load properties and definition tools are available on the tool palette of the image-20200303150634-9.png  Point load.

Figure: Tool palette of Point load

Definition steps

  1. Select the load case from the load case drop-down list from 1583244639217-937.png  tabmenu, which you would like to add the new point load(s) to.
    If you have not defined a load case yet, you can also define and set it in the 1583244667944-955.png Default settings dialog by giving a load case name. Here you can type any comment, which will be displayed next to the force.

    Figure: Load case definition

    The load will be displayed on the layer assigned to the selected load case and in the layer’s color.
  2. Choose the load type: 1583244713269-206.png  Force or 1583244719840-566.png  Moment (FEM-Design module dependent).
  3. Set the load value according to the current unit (that can be set at Settings > Units) in the tool palette or at 1583244735934-730.png  Default settings.
  4. Define the direction of the force or moment axis (FEM-Design module dependent).
  5. Choose a method for the insertion point definition (geometry).
  6. Place the point load in the model view based on the chosen geometry method (5th step).

Optional steps:

  1. If the load is acting on the structure’s eccentric axis/surface select the Apply on the eccentric axis/surface option in the Default settings.
  2. Modify the load properties (the host load case, load value) with the 1583244760284-205.png  Properties tool of the Point load tool palette.
  3. Modify the load direction with the editing tools (Editing Loads).
  4. Set the display settings of the load (Load Display Settings).
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