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Temporary Structures

The structural engineering programs RFEM and RSTAB are ideal tools for the structural analysis and design of temporary structures. Temporary structures are technical facilities built for a certain time period and then dismantled. These facilities, and especially fairground rides, are subjected to special legal test specifications, as they must satisfy certain structural and constructional requirements ensuring their safe operation.

The temporary structures include, for example:

  • Ferris wheels
  • Roller coasters
  • Carousels
  • Air swings
  • Grandstands
  • Concert stages
  • Tents
  • Stages for events (including rigging)
  • Supporting structures for event technology

Scaffolding and Rack Structures

For the design of scaffolding and racks, various member and hinge nonlinearities, such as yielding, tearing, slippage, and so on, can be considered in RFEM and RSTAB. Furthermore, it is possible to define special scaffolding supports in RFEM.

Offshore Structures

The analysis and design of offshore structures such as drilling platforms, wind power plants, research platforms, and many others, apply many features of RFEM and RSTAB.

These features include the design of structures consisting of several materials, dynamic analysis, stability and buckling analysis, fatigue designs, generation of loads due to rotation (RFEM), and many others.

Silos and Storage Tanks

RFEM in particular is suited for the design of silos and storage tanks. The useful features facilitate the analysis. Among other things, these features include the application of loads varying along a perimeter and in the Z-direction, seismic analysis, shell buckling design, and many others.

Renewable Energy Structures

For the structural analysis and design of renewable energy structures (solar power plants, photovoltaic plants, wind power plants, hydroelectric power plants, biogas plants, and so on), many Dlubal Software customers rely on RFEM and RSTAB.

There are many useful features in RFEM and RSTAB for the design of solar plants: automatic load generation, creation of special profile cross-sections, connection to the COM interface, generation of load combinations to consider different inclination angles of solar cells, and many others.

Shipbuilding and Floating Bodies

The structural analysis programs RFEM and RSTAB are suited very well for the structural analysis of ships or ship components (such as ship cranes, masts, hulls, pulleys). It is also possible to consider nonlinearities such as cables, and to perform dynamic, stability, and buckling analyses. Moreover, it is possible to model and design shipping containers in RFEM.

Furthermore, it is possible to design floating bodies, such as pontoons, floating jetties, inflatable islands, special rafts, floating houses, houseboats, dredgers, floating cranes, and so on.

Conveyor Structures

For conveyor structures, RFEM and RSTAB provide various elements such as cables, pulleys, friction supports, and more. Furthermore, it is possible to model the structural components as surfaces and solids in RFEM in order to perform detail analyses.

Drilling Structures and Drilling Masts

For drilling structures, RFEM and RSTAB provide several useful features. These features include dynamic analysis, stability and buckling analysis, fatigue design, generation of load combinations to consider different operating conditions, and many others.

Swimming Pools and Water Parks

RFEM and RSTAB are suited for the structural analysis of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, water parks, and so on. For example, it is possible to perform structural analysis and design of hall structures, water slide substructures, swimming pools, and their foundations.

Container Structures

The FEA software RFEM can be used to perform structural analysis and design of containers made of steel (shipping containers, container buildings, and so on) as well as packaging made of wood (plywood or OSB boxes, export packaging, wooden packaging materials, pallets, heavy-lift packaging).

For detailed modeling, you can use member, surface, and solid elements. All steel and timber structural components can be designed in the corresponding add-on modules.

Drilled Pile Foundations

RFEM and RSTAB offer various options for the modeling and design of drilled piles (driven piles, injection piles) and pile structures.

For example, define a member elastic foundation to represent the soil parameters surrounding the pile.

Stairway Structures

The structural engineering programs RFEM and RSTAB are ideal for designing and analyzing all stairway types such as concrete stairs, steel stairs, timber stairs, glass stairs, and more. Calculate a flight of stairs with or without landings, or even entire stairwells.

RFEM and RSTAB offer helpful tools to automatically generate straight as well as spiral stairways with only a few clicks.

Power Plants

The structural engineering programs RFEM and RSTAB are ideal for the structural analysis of power plants. It is possible to combine different materials in the analytical model.

In addition to the ultimate limit state design and stability analysis, it is also possible to perform dynamic analysis.

Hydraulic Steel Engineering

RFEM allows for analysis and design complex structures consisting of members, surfaces, and solids.

Therefore, it is perfectly suited for static and dynamic analysis of hydraulic steel structures, such as sluices, locks and lock chambers, roller water gates, sliding and sector gates, weir flaps, drum gates, flood protection gates, ship lifts, canal bridges, and many others.

Mechanical Engineering

Many users rely on RFEM and RSTAB for their calculations in mechanical engineering. The finite element analysis (FEA) software RFEM analyzes very complex structures consisting of numerous surfaces, beams, and solids.

Therefore, RFEM is frequently used to analyze various components, construction details, or connections. In RSTAB, it is possible to design beam, frame, or truss structures in an easy and time‑efficient way.

Pneumatic Structures

The structural analysis software RFEM allows for the form-finding, structural analysis, and pattern determination of pneumatic structures (for example, air-supported roofs, pneumatically prestressed roofs, inflatable structures, pneumatic cushions, foil cushions (ETFE), and so on).

The calculation is performed according to the large deformation analysis.

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