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I would like to analyze cable and tensile structures. Is it possible to use RFEM or RSTAB for this?

Answer

Yes, RFEM and RSTAB can be used for the analysis and design of cable and tensile structures, including the substructures. The cables can be calculated with or without prestress.

Furthermore, you can use the RF‑FORM‑FINDING add-on module to perform form-finding of the cable system before the calculation.

Available Programs

  • RFEM is the main program where structures, materials, and actions are defined. Planar and spatial plate, slab, shell, and member structures are possible.
  • RSTAB is the 3D structural frame analysis program for 3D beam, frame, or truss structure calculations.

Useful Add-on Modules and Programs

  • RF-FORM-FINDING for form-finding of cable and tensile structures.
  • RWIND Simulation allows for simulations in the digital wind tunnel for complex structures. The generated wind loads can be imported into RFEM or RSTAB.

You can find more add-on modules in the industries Aluminum and Lightweight Structures and Steel Structures.

Data Exchange and BIM

Various interfaces allow for efficient work in exchange with other project participants. In this way, you can also cooperate smoothly in BIM processes.

Dynamic Analysis

If it is necessary to perform seismic analysis or vibration designs, the RF‑/DYNAM Pro add-on modules provide special tools for determining natural frequencies and mode shapes, an analysis of forced vibrations, a generation of equivalent loads, or for a nonlinear time history analysis.

If you have any question about the Dlubal Software programs, please do not hesitate to contact our sales department.

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