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Yes, it is possible in Window "1.5 Punching Nodes."
For example, this can be used if the determination of the punching load by using the smoothed or unsmoothed distribution of shear forces in the control perimeter is negatively affected by singularities.
A user-defined wind load distribution is not provided in the Eurocode. In order to implement a user-defined wind load distribution in the RF‑/TOWER Loading add-on module, this can only be done after conversion to DIN, for example, DIN 4131:1993‑11, see Figure 01, Window "1.3 Wind Load - Part 1."
Then, you can select the user-defined distribution in Window 1.4 "Wind Load - Part 2," and define it in the adjacent table, see Figure 02.
According to EN 1991‑1‑3, the snow load must be multiplied by the factor of 0.8 for the snow load on a roof. Therefore, the following load results:
sk = 5 kN/m² × 0.8 = 4 kN/m²
If the load has already been calculated for the roof, you can enter the load completely under the user-defined loads. This is shown in Figure 01 and in the video.
AnswerUnfortunately, the simultaneous processing of RFEM or RSTAB files is not possible. When you open the corresponding file, it is locked and prepared for use in RFEM or RSTAB in the user's local working directory. Any other user can then open the RFEM or RSTAB file as a copy. A multi-user mode is not planned in the medium term.
In general, we recommend to use the English program interface if you want to create a printout report in English. In this way, the most of the report should be displayed in English. However, this does apply to the descriptions that have been previously created in German. These would have to be changed manually.
The user-defined materials are available to all users. All users must have full access rights to the path of the user-defined material library.
The user-defined materials are saved in the Materials_User.dbd file. For the standard installation, the file is located in the C:\ProgramData\Dlubal\[Program] [Version]\General Data directory. You can also view the file path in the program options (see Figure 01).
AnswerIn SHAPE-MASSIVE, it is necessary to activate the reinforced concrete design in General Data. As soon as the design is active, you can make the corresponding settings for the design in a separate tab (Figure 01).There are three types of the design:Stress-Strain Distribution (Example 01):It is possible to determine the existing design ratio by specifying the internal forces.Design Safety (Example 02):The program determines the state of failure (ratio = 100%) and, related to this, the available safety.Design (Example 03):By specifying the maximum and the minimum diameter, or the minimum and the maximum reinforcement, it is possible to increase the reinforcement within the design.Irrespective of which one of these three methods is used, it is necessary to specify the reinforcement position and the acting internal force (Figure 02).
AnswerIf a user-defined panel has already been created, this color scale is displayed in Display Properties in the "Printout Report" tab under "Results" → "Palette." If you set this as default, the graphics in the printout report are updated automatically.
AnswerThere are two ways to enter the cross-sections to the RFEM/RSTAB that are not included in the cross-section library.
1. Cross-Section Programs SHAPE‑THIN and SHAPE‑MASSIVE
The user-defined cross-sections can be created by means of the cross-section programs SHAPE‑THIN or SHAPE‑MASSIVE. The SHAPE‑THIN or SHAPE‑MASSIVE cross-sections can be imported using the cross-section library. To do this, click the "Import Cross-Section from Program SHAPE-THIN" or "Import Cross-Section from Program SHAPE MASSIVE" in the "New Cross-Section" dialog box (Figure 01). In this dialog box, it is possible to select and import any cross-section. Please note that the cross-sections must be calculated and saved in SHAPE‑THIN or SHAPE‑MASSIVE before importing the cross-section properties. It is only possible to import each cross-section individually.
2. Creating User-Defined Cross-Section in RFEM/RSTAB
If the cross-section properties of the manufacturer are known, they can be created in the cross-section library of RFEM/RSTAB using the option "Create New User-Defined Cross-Section" (Figure 02). In contrast to the cross-sections created with SHAPE‑THIN or SHAPE‑MASSIVE, it is not possible to design these user-defined cross-sections in the add-on modules, such as RF‑/STEEL EC3, because the data necessary for the design, such as c/t-parts, is missing.
To access the user-defined cross-sections, click the "Load Saved User-Defined Cross-Sections" button in the cross-section library (Figure 03).
The user-defined cross-sections from all models are saved in the EigProf.dat file. Even in the case of a version upgrade (for example, from X.19.XXXX to X.20.XXXX), these cross-sections will be imported. The storage location of the user-defined cross-section library can be determined using the program options (Figure 4). It is possible to copy a user-defined profile database already created on one workstation and paste it into the respective directory of the other workstation. The user-defined cross-sections are thus also available on the other workstation without having to import them again.
AnswerMaybe the user-defined cross-section library EigProf.dat on your computer is missing or it is corrupted. Please open the "Data Files" tab of the program options and select the "User-Defined Cross‑Section Library" category.
Open the displayed directory and check whether the EigProf.dat file is available. If the file is available, please rename it.
If the path including the file in the program options does not correspond to the default path for RFEM 5.xx "C: \ ProgramData \ Dlubal \ RFEM 5.xx \ General Data \ EigProf.dat", set this default path in the program options.
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Wind Simulation & Wind Load Generation
With the stand-alone program RWIND Simulation, wind flows around simple or complex structures can be simulated by means of a digital wind tunnel.
The generated wind loads acting on these objects can be imported to RFEM or RSTAB.
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