Non-linear analysis consists of incremental application of a load. Calculations and loads are not considered as a whole, but are gradually increased until successive states of equilibrium are solved.
Non-linear structure behavior may be associated with a single structure element (structural or material non-linearity), or it may result from a non-linear relation between forces and deformation in a whole structure (geometric non-linearity).
The dialog presents the following values (defined in thedialog):
Convergence checks are made and iterations are stopped as soon as the state of equilibrium is reached. Displacement increments dUn and the unbalanced forces dFn are then equal to zero, less than the defined accuracy values for both quantities.