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RE: STAAD Results interpretation

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> I inputted the
> command "Print
> Element Forces". I also specified to print the element forces
> at the nodes.
> It does print the stresses and the forces but at what point
> are the forces
> acting. It prints the Fx , Fy and Fxy. Are these local or
> global forces? And
> what is Fxy? The manual does not say what these forces are nor do they
> specify the directions. Any help would be highly appreciated. Thanks.

The program prints the forces in the LOCAL element coordinate system. Check
the manual for definition.

Fxy is the in-plane shear force, which yields the in-plane shear stress
commonly shown as "tau".