FAQ 002423 EN-US 02/18/2019

Markus Baumgärtel Modeling | Structure RFEM

Can solids be modeled and statically calculated in RFEM?


Naturally, volume elements can also be generated with RFEM. These are above all always useful if it is z. B. is particularly shaped machine components or particularly thick components. Even if an image as a surface element is no longer possible, the image by means of volume elements often offers. As a result of the calculation of solids, we obtain deformations, stresses and distortions.

Other areas of application of volume elements include contact problems. Thus, for example, with a contact volume, the contact conditions of complex connections with the contact properties "failure in pressure" or "failure in tension" for the contact perpendicular to the contact surfaces can be taken into account. Parallel to the surfaces are the properties "Failure if contact with surfaces does not work", "Full power transmission", "Rigid friction", "Rigid friction with limitation", "Elastic friction", Elastic friction with limitation "and" Behavior of the elastic volume "to choose from.

Contact properties between two contact surfaces can also be realized via area approvals (see following general descriptions):

There is already an interesting video from Dlubal Info Day from 14. December 2016 with the topic "Dlubal-Infotag online 2016 - Part 4: Modeling and calculation of volume elements in RFEM "on our homepage :):


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