Cross-Section Optimization

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How can I optimize cross-sections within the steel design?

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The cross-sections to be designed can be optimized as follows:

Select "Steel Design" and "Input Data" in the RFEM table window. Then, select the "Optimize" option in the "Use Other Section for Design" column of the "Sections" tab, see Image 01.


Now, you can perform the design again for this cross-section. Since the internal forces can change with new cross-sections and thus new stiffnesses, there is the option to export the optimized cross-sections to RFEM/RSTAB using the shortcut menu, see Image 02.


The described cross-section optimization only applies to the standardized cross-sections. For further optimization, we recommend the Optimization & Costs add-on.

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