Definition from buildingSMART: The abstract entity IfcStructuralMember is the superclass of all structural elements representing the structural behaviour of building elements. A further differentiation is made for structural curve members and structural face members (see IfcStructuralCurveMember and IfcStructuralFaceMember). Structural members can have
NOTE: Currently only the subtypes IfcStructuralCurveMember and IfcStructuralFaceMember are defined. However, for dynamic calculations, an extension for 'point members' will be necessary and might be added in future releases.
HISTORY: New entity in Release IFC2x Edition 2.
The relationship to a specific material definition is provided by the entity class IfcRelAssociatesMaterial. The instance of IfcStructuralMember is used to represent collectively its subclasses IfcStructuralCurveMember and IfcStructuralFaceMember.
Depending on the material, there are material specific subtypes of IfcMechanicalMaterialProperties, such as IfcMechanicalSteelMaterialProperties, or IfcMechanicalConcreteMaterialProperties.
analysis model for structural members
Assignment of structural members to a structural analysis model.
|ReferencesElement||:||Inverse link to the relationship object, that connects a physical element to this structural member (the element of which this structural member is the analytical idealisation).|
|ConnectedBy||:||Inverse relationship to all structural connections (i.e. to supports or connecting elements) which are defined for this structural member.|