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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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  1. Beam loading and dimension details

    Timber Beam Design per the 2014 CSA Standard

    Using the RF-TIMBER CSA module, timber beam design is possible according to the 2014 CSA O86 standard ASD method. Accurately calculating timber member bending resistance and adjustment factors is important for safety considerations and design. The following article will verify the factored bending moment resistance in RF-TIMBER CSA using step-by-step analytical equations per the 2014 CSA O86 standard including the bending adjustment factors, factored bending moment resistance, and final design ratio.

  2. Structural System

    Calculating Timber Panel Walls | 2. Stiffness and Slip of a Wall

    The calculation of timber panels is carried out on simplified member or surface structures. This article describes how to determine the required stiffness.

  3. System Sketch

    Design of a welded connection of an I-section

    Design of a welded connection of a HEA cross-section under biaxial bending with axial force. Design of welds for the given internal forces according to the simplified method (DIN EN 1993-1-8, clause by means of SHAPE-THIN.

  4. Load Distribution on the Surface for the Governing CO

    Surface Load Inside the Critical Perimeter in RF-PUNCH Pro

    RF-PUNCH Pro performs the punching shear design on concentrated load application locations (column connection, nodal support and nodal load) as well as on wall ends and wall corners.

  5. RFEM Model

    Timber Beam Design per the 2018 NDS Standard

    Using the RF-TIMBER AWC module, timber beam design is possible according to the 2018 NDS standard ASD method. Accurately calculating timber member bending capacity and adjustment factors is important for safety considerations and design. The following article will verify the maximum critical buckling in RF-TIMBER AWC using step-by-step analytical equations per the NDS 2018 standard including the bending adjustment factors, adjusted bending design value, and final design ratio.

  6. RF-CONCRETE Members - Provided Shear Reinforcement

    Reinforced Concrete Column Design per ACI 318-14 in RFEM

    Using RF-CONCRETE Members, concrete column design is possible according to ACI 318-14. Accurately designing concrete column shear and longitudinal reinforcement is important for safety considerations. The following article will confirm the reinforcement design in RF-CONCRETE Members using step-by-step analytical equations per the ACI 318-14 standard including required longitudinal steel reinforcement, gross cross-sectional area, and tie size/spacing.

  7. Temperature-Time Curve Diagram According to the Simplified Natural Fire Model

    Structural Fire Design According to EN 1993-1-2 (Parametric Fire Exposure)

    With RF-/STEEL EC3, you can apply nominal temperature-time curves in RFEM or RSTAB. The standard time-temperature curve (ETK), the external fire curve and the hydrocarbon fire curve are implemented. Moreover, the program provides the option to directly specify the final temperature of steel. This steel temperature can be calculated using the parametric temperature-time curve, as described in the Annex to EN 1992‑1‑2. The different fire exposures are explained in this article.

  8. Selecting the Definition Type for Concrete Stiffness Modification According to the ACI 318-14

    Concrete Stiffness Modification in RFEM According to ACI 318-14 and CSA A23.3-14

    In accordance with Sect. and Sect. out of the ACI 318-14 and CSA A23.3-14 respectively, RFEM effectively takes into consideration concrete member and surface stiffness reduction for various element types. Available selection types include cracked and uncracked walls, flat plates and slabs, beams, and columns. The multiplier factors available within the program are taken directly from Table and Table

  9. Window 1.5 Effective Lengths - Members

    Fire Resistance Design According to DIN EN 1993-1-2

    The fire resistance design can be performed according to EN 1993-1-2 in RF-/STEEL EC3. The design is carried out according to the simplified calculation method for the ultimate limit state. Claddings with different physical properties can be selected as fire protection measures. You can select the standard temperature-time curve, the external fire curve, and the hydrocarbon curve to determine the gas temperature.

  10. Stresses and Classification

    Classification and Ultimate Limit State Design of SHAPE-THIN Cross-Sections

    When designing a steel cross-section according to Eurocode 3, it is important to assign the cross-section to one of the four cross-section classes. Classes 1 and 2 allow for a plastic design, classes 3 and 4 are only for elastic design. In addition to the resistance of the cross-section, the structural component's sufficient stability has to be analyzed.

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