RF-/JOINTS Steel - Pinned Add-on Module for RFEM/RSTAB

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Pinned Joints According to EN 1993-1-8

The RF-/JOINTS Steel - Pinned add‑on module allow configuration and design of shear connections of I‑beams. The design is carried out according to the following standards and guidelines:

  • EN 1993‑1‑8:2010 (including National Annexes)
  • European Recommendations for Design of Simple Joints in Steel Structures, 1st Edition 2009

There are four different types available: Web cleat connection, fin plate connection, short end plate connection, and end plate connection with cleat.

All connections are displayed as 3D graphic with the output of all necessary dimensions of sheets and angles including bolt hole arrangements. The graphics can be transferred to the printout report icluding dimension lines as well as descriptions of bolts and welds.

  1. Features

    General
    • Beam to Column joint category: connection possible on the column flange as well as on the column web
    • Beam to Beam joint category: optional arrangement of ribs on the opposite side
    • Bolt sizes from M12 to M36 with the strength grades 4.6, 5.6, 8.8, and 10.9
    • Arbitrary bolt hole spacing and edge distances
    • Notching of beam is possible
    • Connection with pure shear loading, pure normal force load (tension joint), or possible combination of normal and shear force
    • Checking compliance with the requirements for pinned joints
    • Check of the minimum and maximum bolt hole spacing and edge distances

    Web cleat connections
    • At each leg, one or two vertical, and up to 10 horizontal bolt rows
    • Wide range of equal and unequal angles
    • Angle orientation possible to modify
    • Designs:
      • Shear, bearing resistance and tension design of bolts
      • Shear, bending and tension design of angles considering deduction of bolt hole
      • Shear and tension design of girder web considering deduction of bolt hole
      • Tension transmission into the column with the T-stub-model
      • Notching at the critical section
    Fin plate connection
    • One or two vertical and up to 10 horizontal bolt rows are possible
    • Flexible size of the fin plate
    • Location of the fin plate possible to modify
    • Designs:
      • Shear and bearing resistance design of bolts
      • Shear, bending and tension design of fin plates considering deduction of bolt hole
      • Stability analysis of long, slender fin plates
      • Shear and tension design of girder web considering deduction of bolt hole
      • Weld as fillet weld
      • Notching at the critical section
    End plate connection
    • Two or four vertical and up to 10 horizontal bolt rows
    • Flexible size of the end plate
    • Location of the end plate possible to modify
    • Designs:
      • Shear, bearing resistance and tension design of bolts
      • Shear and bending design of end plates considering deduction of bolt hole
      • Shear and tension design of girder web
      • Tension transmission into the column with the T-stub-model
      • Weld as fillet weld
      • Notching at the critical section
    End plate connection with cleat
    • Fixation of the beam by end plate with two bolts
    • Flexible size of cleat and end plate
    • Designs:
      • Load introduction into the beam according to EN 1993-1-5, Chapter 6
      • Support of the stabilizing moment by the bolts and the welds at the end plate
      • Cleat
      • Cleat welds as fillet welds
      • Tension transmission into the column with the T-stub-model
  2. 1.1 General Data

    Input

    After opening the add-on module, it is necessary to select the joint group (Pinned Joints) and then the joint category and the joint type (web cleat, fin plate, short end plate, end plate with cleat). Then, you can select the nodes for design in the RFEM/RSTAB model. RF‑/JOINTS Steel - Pinned recognizes the connected members automatically and determines the construction status (beam or supporting) according to their position.

    It is possible to exclude particular members from the calculation, if required. Structurally similar connections can be designed for several nodes at the same time. Loads require selection of the governing load cases, load combinations, or result combinations. Alternatively, you can enter the cross‑section and load data manually. In the last input window, the connection is configured step by step.

  3. 1.4 Geometry

    Design

    All joint types are considered with the moment release at the column flange or at the column web in the case of a rotated column. Therefore, the module determines the eccentric moment of a web cleat and fin plate connection, which additionally affects the bolt group at the girder flange.

    Further eccentric moments may result from the locations of the angles and sheets. In the case of cleat connection, the forces are transferred separately. Shear forces act on the cleat, tension forces and stabilizing moment are assigned to the bolts. Before the calculation, the connection is checked for geometrical plausibility, for example the bolt hole spacing and edge distance of the bolts.

  4. 3.1 Design - Summary

    Results

    Result windows list details of all calculation results. In addition, there is a 3D graphic where you can display or hide single components as well as dimension lines and the weld data, for example. The summary shows if the individual designs have been fulfilled: The ratio level is displayed as a green data bar which turns red if the design is not fulfilled. Furthermore, the node number and the governing LC/CO/RC are indicated.

    When selecting a design, the module shows the detailed intermediate results including the actions and the additional internal forces from the connection geometry. There is the option to display the results by load case and by node. The connections are represented in a realistic 3D rendering possible to scale. In addition to the main views, it is possible to show the graphics from any perspective.

    You can add the graphics with dimensions and labels to the RFEM/RSTAB printout or export them as DXF. The printout report includes all input and result data prepared for test engineers. It is possible to export all tables to MS Excel or OpenOffice, or as a CSV file. A special transfer menu defines all specifications required for the export.

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PRICE for RFEM (VAT excluded)

  • RF-JOINTS Steel - Pinned 5.xx

    670.00 USD

  • Next License

    301.50 USD

PRICE for RSTAB (VAT excluded)

  • JOINTS Steel - Pinned 8.xx

    670.00 USD

  • Next License

    301.50 USD