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The easiest way is to start RFEM or the add-on module RF-LAMINATE and create at least one surface and at least one load case. After you have selected the surface and defined the load case for calculation, open the manufacturer's library (see Figure 1). There you can select a structure.Afterwards you can check the material characteristics as well as the strengths (see picture 1 and picture 2).There is already an interesting webinar on the topic of Design of cross laminated timber panels in RF-LAMINATE on our website.
AnswerRFEM provides an interface to software programs developed by the Dlubal company. The input data of allPredecessor versions are imported without problems. Also the files of the framework program can be opened directly and supplemented with area or volume elements. Conversely, you can also open RFEM 5 files in RSTAB 8.There is a direct link to the CAD applications ofand (but not for LT versions). With RFEM, the advantages of BIM ( ) to exchange data models for digital planning.
In general, the module assumes a shear rigid bond between the layers.
More information about the calculation with the RF-LAMINATE add-on module can be found in the corresponding manual. It also explains the special features of the different material models (isotropic, orthotropic, and hybrid).
AnswerYou can use the surface releases, but you need to separate the overlapping part with an own surface. Overlapping surfaces should be avoided in general and can be checked by the "Model Check" (Tools → Model Check → Overlapping Surfaces). Please watch the video file (see link below) to see the approach. Alternatively you can add a "Contact Solid" between the two surfaces.
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