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Load transfer method on panel

Details of Load transfer method on panel

Different methods are available for the loads transfer via load panels : 

Which one to choose?

By default, the method is « Tributary area » : loads are distributed according to the break lines.

But this method is available only with uniform surface loads on the whole panel.

In case of partial surface loads on a panel, or triangular loads, or trapezoidal loads, …, a warning will be displayed because we need to use another method.

  •      "Accurate (FEM), fixed link with beams"

     This method is close to the tributary areas method, because the distribution is divided by 2 on each side.

  •      "Accurate (FEM), hinged link with beams"
  •     "Standard"

      In this last case, the load is distributed according to factors.

In the above example, the load would be distributed by 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 on each bar, because factor 1 is defined on each bar (even if the load is a linear or a point load in a corner of the panel).

The distribution doesn’t take into account the loads locations, but rather the defined factors.

This method is less used than the others.


Let’s have a look at the simple example below :



Let’s apply a surface horizontal load on each panel.

Results are in line with the previous description of this option :