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1.1 New Features in RFEM 5

The structural FEA software RFEM for analysis and design of plates, walls, shells, solids, and frame structures is a powerful program for various tasks of modern civil engineering. This program forms the basis of a modular software system: RFEM determines internal forces, deformations, and support reactions of general plate structures with or without member and solid elements.

The program version RFEM 5 provides a wide range of useful features and options for efficient and user-friendly work on your structural analysis projects. At this point, we would like to thank our customers for their valuable ideas and remarks based on real engineering experience.

RFEM 5 includes the following new features amongst others:

    • Graphical user interface in Chinese, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
    • Direct setting of different opening types
    • Member eccentricities from cross-section dimensions
    • Diagrams and extended criteria for nonlinear nodal supports and hinges
    • Orthotropic properties for quadrangle and membrane surfaces, as well as solids
    • Input option for hybrid timber cross-sections
    • Filter in cross-section and material libraries including favorites
    • Modeling of solids by extruding surfaces with relation to plane or point (with tapered sides as well)
    • Intersections of solids using Boolean operators
    • Inserting a member on an existing member
    • Import of files from Bentley ISM, Ansys Apdl, and Scia Engineer
    • Import of 3D objects
    • Graphical assignment of member properties
    • Color symbols in tables for cross-sections, surfaces, solids, and surface and member types
    • Selection with ellipse, circular ring, or intersection line
    • Work planes defined by three points or line, member, and surface axes
    • Color management for various types of surfaces, stiffnesses, members, and solids
    • Entering inclination and precamber in absolute values
    • Surface size and weight entries in input table
    • Automatic generation of load and result combinations in compliance with the standard requirements
    • Gradual FE mesh refinement in edge areas of surfaces
    • Large deformation analysis according to Newton-Raphson, Picard, or as dynamic relaxation
    • Results of load distribution, distortions, member coefficients, and member slenderness
    • Average regions for evaluation of singularities
    • User-defined settings for lighting
    • Result evaluation via clipping plane
    • Views navigator for user-defined and generated visibilities and viewing angles
    • Configuration manager for display properties, toolbars, headers of printout reports, etc.
    • Mass print of graphics
    • Export of printout report in PDF

We hope you will enjoy working with RFEM 5.

Your Dlubal Software team