Structural FEA Software RFEM 6 | Automatic Generation of Combinations

Structural Analysis & Engineering Software

The FEA program RFEM allows for quick and easy modeling, structural and dynamic calculation, as well as design of models with member, plate, wall, folded plate, shell, and solid elements.

Due to the modular software concept, you can connect the main program RFEM with the corresponding add‑ons in order to meet your individual requirements.

  • FEA Software RFEM 6

Automatic Generation of Load Combinations

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Select numerous structural models to utilize them for training purposes or for your projects.

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In RFEM, you can automatically create action and load combinations as well as design situations according to Eurocode and other international standards in compliance with the corresponding combination rules. In a clearly arranged window, you can also copy or add load cases, for example. In addition, you can manage the load cases and combinations in the tables.



The Base Data dialog box includes a wide range of standards and the option to create combinations automatically. The following standards are available:

  • European Union EN 1990
  • European Union EN 1990 | Timber
  • European Union EN 1990 | Cranes
  • European Union EN 1990 | Geotechnics
  • European Union EN 1990 | Base + Timber
  • European Union EN 15512
  • United States ASCE 7
  • United States ASCE 7 | Timber
  • United States ACI 318
  • United States IBC
  • Canada CAN/CSA
  • Canada NBCC
  • Canada NBCC | Timber
  • Brazil NBR 8681
  • India IS 800
  • Switzerland SIA 260
  • Switzerland SIA 260 | Timber
  • United Kingdom BS 5950
  • People's Republic of China GB 50009
  • People's Republic of China GB 50068
  • People's Republic of China GB 50011
  • Spain CTE DB-SE
  • South Africa SANS 10160-1
  • Mexico NTC
  • Mexico NTC | Timber
  • Australia AS/NZS 1170.0
  • Russia SP 20.13330:2016

For the European standards (EC), the following National Annexes are available:

  • Germany DIN | 2012-08 (Germany)
  • European Union CEN | 2010-04 (the European Union)
  • Bulgaria BDS | 2013-03 (Bulgaria)
  • United Kingdom BS | 2009-06 (the United Kingdom)
  • Czech Republic CSN | 2015-05 (the Czech Republic)
  • Cyprus CYS | 2010-06 (Cyprus)
  • Denmark DK | 2013-09 (Denmark)
  • Greece ELOT | 2009-01 (Greece)
  • Estonia EVS-EN 1990:2002+NA:2002 (Estonia)
  • Ireland IS | 2010-04 (Ireland)
  • Lithuania LST | 2012-01 (Lithuania)
  • Luxembourg LU | 2020-03 (Luxembourg)
  • Latvia LVS | 2015-01 (Latvia)
  • Malaysia MS | 2010-02 (Malaysia)
  • Belgium NBN | 2015-05 (Belgium)
  • Netherlands NEN | 2011-12 (the Netherlands)
  • France NF | 2011-12 (France)
  • Portugal NP | 2009-12 (Portugal)
  • Norway NS | 2016-05 (Norway)
  • Austria ÖNORM | 2013-03 (Austria)
  • Poland PN | 2010-09 (Poland)
  • Finland SFS | 2010-09 (Finland)
  • Slovenia SIST | 2010-08 (Slovenia)
  • Romania SR | 2006-10 (Romania)
  • Singapore SS | 2008-06 (Singapore)
  • Sweden SS | 2019-01 (Sweden)
  • Slovakia STN | 2010-01 (Slovakia)
  • Belarus CPM | 2011-11 (Belarus)
  • Spain UNE | 2010-07 (Spain)
  • Italy UNI | 2010-10 (Italy)

Load Cases and Combinations

In the "Load Cases & Combinations" dialog box, you can create and manage load cases, and generate action and load combinations as well as design situations. You can assign the action categories of the selected standard to the individual load cases. If several loads have been assigned to an action category, they can act simultaneously or alternatively (for example, either wind from the left or wind from the right).


Combination Expressions

For the combination of actions in the ultimate and the serviceability limit state, you can select various design situations according to the standard (e.g. ULS (STR/GEO) - permanent/transient, SLS - quasi-permanent, and others). Furthermore, there is the option to integrate imperfections in the combination and to determine load cases that should not be combined with other load cases (e.g. construction load for roof not combined with snow load).


Accidental Design Situation

The "Accidental" design situation automatically considers accidental actions such as earthquake, explosion loads, collisions, and others. When using German standards, you can select the "Accidental - Snow" design situation to consider the North German Plain automatically as well.


Action Combinations

The actions are automatically superimposed in accordance with the combination expressions and displayed as so-called "action combinations". It is possible to define which action combinations will be eventually used for the generation of load or result combinations. Based on the created action combinations, you can estimate how the combination expressions affect the number of combinations.


Load Combinations

The load cases included in load combinations are added together and then calculated in consideration of the corresponding factors (partial safety and combination factors, coefficients regarding consequence classes, etc.). The load combinations can be created automatically in compliance with the combination expressions of the standard. The calculation can be performed according to the geometrically linear, second-order, or large deformation analysis, or as per the post-critical analysis. Optionally, you can define whether the internal forces should be related to the deformed or non-deformed structure.


Result Combinations

The load cases included in the result combinations are calculated first. Then, the results are superimposed by taking into account the corresponding factors. In the result combinations, you can superimpose the results of load cases, load combinations, as well as other result combinations. Internal forces are added together by default. However, there is the option of a square addition, which is relevant for dynamic analysis.


Modifying Stiffnesses / Considering Initial Deformations

In the individual load cases or combinations, there is the option to modify the stiffnesses of materials, cross-sections, nodal, line and surface supports, as well as member hinges and line hinges for all or selected members. Furthermore, it is possible to consider initial deformations from other load cases or load combinations.



  • Fast modeling thanks to sophisticated input technology
  • One program for all types of structures, from single-span girders to complex 3D shell structures or NURBS solids
  • Fast calculation using the multiprocessor technology
  • Support of national and international standards
  • Quick generation of a professional-looking printout report
  • Automatic generation of wind loads using the integrated CFD wind simulation (RWIND required)
  • API via web service
  • Globally recognized program with over 100,000 users
  • Professional customer support provided by more than 20 support engineers


3,990.00 USD

The price is valid for United States.