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Absolute or relative deflection in ETABS

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While checking the allowable deflection in member in ETABS, which deflection is to be considered, absolute or relative? Which one represents the actual deflection of the member?

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It should be relative deflection. For example a beam in X supporting on girders in Y direction. You need to take the net deflection of supports and mid-span (for s.s. case) to compute deflections.

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