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When determining the punching load from shear forces in the critical perimeter, a continuous perimeter is applied.
If an intermittent perimeter was to be used when determining the punching load, the load component (along the intermittent length) might not be considered. This would be the case, for example, if you have only defined the opening in RF‑PUNCH Pro, but not in the RFEM model. In the RFEM model, the shear force would be generated by using the continuous crosssection. If the component were neglected, there would be too small punching load determined.
Therefore, the intermittent control perimeter is always applied in RF‑PUNCH Pro when determining the punching load from the shear forces within the critical perimeter.
During the design (on the resistance side), the opening is considered again and the perimeter section is reduced accordingly.

Is it possible to perform automatic live load reduction in RFEM or RSTAB per the ASCE, IBC, or NBCC?
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Live load reduction is not considered automatically in RFEM. RFEM and RSTAB are general FEA and framework programs. The program does not understand what is a floor element vs wall element. Only a general plate element is defined. It is not possible for the program to determine the area of a floor for live load reduction.
A user must manually consider the reduction by modifying the live load magnitude directly in the load application. 
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The reason for the different results is probably the settings of effective lengths for the stability analysis. According to the default setting, these are determined automatically in the RF‑/CONCRETE Columns addon module. However, this method does not work for divided members, and thus no stability analysis is performed (a corresponding warning message appears).If you have entered the effective lengths manually, this only applies to a single member. In order to perform a correct stability analysis of the column as an entire structural component, it is necessary to define it as a set of members. 
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The Poisson's ratio is set under the material by using the Edit Material dialog box. 
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The force V_{L} is the longitudinal shear force between the top surface and the member. It is calculated as an integrated shear flow between the plate and the member at a particular point on the member.For the simplified example provided here, the resulting crosssection values for the integration width of 10 cm are as follows: $I_y=\frac{b\times h^3}{12}=\frac{10 cm\times20 cm^3}{12}=6,666.67 cm^4$
 $S_y=h_1\times b\times((he_z)\frac{h_2}2)=10 cm\times10 cm\times((20 cm10 cm)\frac{10 cm}2)=500 cm^3$
 $\tau=V_L=\frac{V_z\times S_y}{I_y\times b}=\frac{5.53 kN\times500 cm^3}{6,666.67 cm^4}=0.415 kN/cm=41.5 kN/m$
The integration width has been set to the total of 10 cm.Values: I_{y} second moment of area
 S_{y} statical moment
 h_{1} height of the upper crosssection part
 h_{2} height of the lower crosssection part
 e_{z} centroidal distance
 h total height
The values can be adjusted for a Tbeam. 
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The error message indicates that no option was found to define the required reinforcement for the mats and rebars selected from you.After clicking OK, you will automatically be redirected to Window 1.3. Here, please select additional mats and/or rebars and then perform the design again. 
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Yes, it makes because this affects the stiffness of the entire system.
When entering a levelfloor downstand beam as a ‘Rib’, you will add the stiffness of the defined rectangular crosssection to the area of the line.
For the result beam, however, you have only to define the integration width. The entered rectangular crosssection does not influence the stiffness of the entire system but is only applied as a design crosssection in the addon modules (e.g. RFCONCRETE Members).

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A nondesignable situation like this is displayed if the shear resistance without shear reinforcement V_{Rd,c} is arithmetically smaller than zero.A V_{Rd,c} value of less than zero is caused by large tensile axial forces. In this context, the crosssection is completely under tension or completely cracked, and no shear force resistance can be created.For coated crosssections with planned shear reinforcement, the following situation results:In RFCONCRETE Surfaces, if V_{Rd,c} < 0, no further shear check is performed, and message 13) is displayed. This approach is conservative.In this context, there was a request (194) for the interpretation of the standard, which allows the truss model to be used even with a completely cracked crosssection.If a shear reinforcement is designed as planned, the message about the nondesignable situation in the program can be ignored. In this case, it should be ensured that V_{Ed} is smaller than V_{Rd,max} and V_{Rd,s}. 
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You can connect a rib member to a line on two surfaces with different thicknesses.
To determine the stiffness or internal forces, the eccentricity of the rectangular crosssection is determined using the mean value of both connected surfaces in RFEM.
Figure 01  RFEM Model of Rib with Different Plate Thicknesses
For designing in RFCONCRETE Members, the addon module determines its crosssection, which is displayed in the input dialog box ‘1.4 Ribs’ of the addon module.
Figure 02  Dialog Box '1.4 Ribs' in RFCONCRETE Members
By clicking the ‘i’ button (see Figure 02), it is possible to open an info dialog box for the generated rib crosssection, where all crosssection properties applied for the design in the module, like the position of the shear center and centroid, etc., can be viewed.
Figure 03  CrossSection Properties of Rib CrossSection in RFCONCRETE Members
If the ‘Effective Width’ is adjusted in the ‘1.4 Ribs’ dialog box (e.g. to 0.50 m) this has influences on the crosssection applied in RFCONCRETE Members and its crosssection properties.
Figure 04  Modified CrossSection Properties of Rib CrossSection
However, this does not influence the stiffness or the determination of internal forces in the 3D model in RFEM.

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In the ASCE 716, the conservative value for the Gustfactor, G, is 0.85 for rigid buildings. The engineer can calculate an alternative and more accurate value. The Gusteffect, G_{f}, for flexible buildings accounts for size and gust size similar to rigid buildings but also considers dynamic amplification including wind speed, natural frequency, and damping ratio.The Gustfactor G or G_{f}, is considered to be 1.0 in RWIND Simulation. The structure is rigidly simulated in the numerical wind tunnel. The loads which are transferred back into RFEM are applied to the elastic structure with true stiffness considered.To account for any value other than 1.0 for this factor, the wind load case factor can be adjusted in RFEM under the applicable load combination.
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