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6.1 Reinforcement Proposal

The results windows 3.1 and 3.2 show how to cover the required reinforcement areas with rebars to fulfill, for example, the serviceability limit state design. The reinforcement proposal is graphically displayed in the lower part of windows 3.1 Provided Longitudinal Reinforcement and 3.2 Provided Shear Reinforcement in the form of a 3D drawing (see Figure 5.10 and Figure 5.16).

Figure 6.1 Reinforcement drawing in window 3.1 Provided Longitudinal Reinforcement

The current item (row selected in table above, in which the pointer is placed) is highlighted in red. The graphic allows you to see and, if necessary, adjust the position and arrangement of the individual item members.

The graphic window provides mouse functions for zooming, rotating, and shifting the representation familiar from RFEM. By scrolling the wheel button you can maximize or minimize the model. By holding down the wheel button you can shift the reinforcement graphic. When you additionally hold down the [Ctrl] key, you can rotate the graphic (also possible with wheel button and by holding down the right mouse button). The pointer symbols indicate the selected function.

Figure 6.2 3D representation of reinforcement cage

The buttons have the following functions:

Table 6.1 Buttons in results windows 3.1 and 3.2
Button Description Function


Opens the Graphic Printout dialog box
Figure 7.5

Move, zoom, rotate

Allows for shifting, zooming, and rotating the reinforcement graphic with the mouse


Allows for zooming by drawing a window

Whole model

Resets to full view

Previous view

Sets the previous view

View in X / -Y / Z

Sets the view in direction of axes X and Z, or against axis Y

Isometric view

Shows the object in 3D

Column reinforcement in perspective view

Perspective view

Shows reinforcement graphic in perspective view (can be combined with all view types)

Line model

Displays or hides the cross-section outlines in line model

Solid model

Turns the concrete represented in cross-section on and off


Displays or hides the supports

Top reinforcement

Displays or hides the top longitudinal reinforcement

Bottom reinforcement

Displays or hides the bottom longitudinal reinforcement

Peripheral reinforcement

Displays or hides the circumferential and the secondary reinforcement


Displays or hides the stirrups

Member axis system

Controls the display of local member axes x,y,z

Longitudinal reinforcement - top

Displays or hides the item members of top reinforcement

Longitudinal reinforcement - bottom

Displays or hides the item members of bottom reinforcement

Shear reinforcement

Displays or hides the position stirrups and the link zone descriptions

Stirrup description

Shows stirrup descriptions parallel or perpendicular to the member

Start of anchorage

Displays or hides the anchorage lengths on member start

End of anchorage

Displays or hides the anchorage lengths on member end


Displays or hides the item descriptions in X-view (in preparation)

Edit reinforcement

Opens the Edit Longitudinal Reinforcement (Figure 5.13) or Edit Shear Reinforcement (Figure 5.17) dialog box.


Displays or hides the numbering of members and sets of members

Edit reinforcement

The [Edit Reinforcement] button selected in Figure 6.1 opens the edit dialog box of the current reinforcement item. The dialog box is shown in Figure 5.13 and Figure 5.17. It can be used to check and, if necessary, modify the parameters of the longitudinal or shear reinforcement (e.g. reinforcement layout, rebar diameters, anchorages).

You can also access the edit dialog boxes in the shortcut menu of the marked item members or reinforcements.

Figure 6.3 Shortcut menu of reinforcement

The following article describes how to edit a reinforcement proposal:

Complete reinforcement
Shortcut menu of table

Using the shortcut menu shown in Figure 6.3, you can also Insert a new reinforcement item. The same is possible in the table of window 3.1 (see shortcut menu shown on the left).

The Edit Longitudinal Reinforcement dialog box appears. The next Item No. is preset. Now, you can define number and position of the rebars, as well as diameter and anchorage lengths of the reinforcement. After clicking [OK], the new reinforcement item is added to the table and the graphic.

More editing options are described in the following chapter.

Save reinforcement

A modified reinforcement can be saved as a template by using the [Save] table button. You have to enter the Name of the Reinforcement Template in the Save Provided Reinforcement dialog box (see Figure 5.15).

Use this template to preset the user-defined reinforcement configuration when the design specifications in window 1.6 are changed. The changes are not lost if RF-CONCRETE Members creates a new provided reinforcement.

Importing reinforcement templates is described in chapter 3.6 (see Figure 3.25).