Modeling Purlin by Using Block Manager

Tips & Tricks

Often, models are needed in several projects, like the purlin with columns and knee braces in this example. The dimensions can be changed directly in RFEM or RSTAB by shifting the nodes.

A more elegant way to do this, however, is to parameterize the input and safe the model as block. To do this, select the complete model first. Then, you can open and edit this block in the block manager.

As shown in the picture, you need only enter the span lengths, the height, and the dimensions of the knee braces. You can also parameterize and consider the loads when inserting the block. After you inserted it, the newly created structure is opened in RFEM or RSTAB.

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