User-Defined Cross-Sections

Tips & Tricks

There are two ways of adding cross‑sections, which are not included in the extensive cross‑section library.

  1. You can create the cross‑section in the cross‑section programs SHAPE‑THIN and SHAPE‑MASSIVE and import it to RFEM/RSTAB.
  2. If the cross‑section properties are provided by the manufacturer, you can add it to the cross‑section library of RFEM/RSTAB by using the option “New User‑Defined Cross‑Section.”

In both cases, the new cross‑sections are saved in the user‑defined cross‑section library that is globally available for all structures. Even if you upgrade to a new program version (for example from X.05.XXXX to X.06.XXXX), these cross‑sections will be available there. If you create several cross‑sections in this way on your computer, you can transfer them to another computer by exchanging the “EigProf.dat” file.

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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements

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RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions