Is it possible to design a model with a pile foundation in RFEM?


Yes, it is possible.

A structural model can be provided with a pile foundation in RFEM.
Thus, the influence of the foundation stiffness on the actual structure can be simulated very well.

However, please note that Dlubal Software currently offers no solutions for the design of pile foundations.
This also means that the pile resistance must be known to the user in advance. It cannot be calculated in RFEM e.g. by defining a soil structure.

The piles can be designed as beams, for example, by means of a circular cross-section.
The resistance of the piles can be realized by inserting a member elastic foundation or nodal support at the pile end.

Subsequently, the design of the beam could be carried out in the RF-CONCRETE Members add-on module. However, please note that RF-CONCRETE Members only implements the standards relevant for structural engineering. For example DIN EN 1992-1-1.


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