RFEM - Structural FEA Software for Professionals
Structural Analysis & Engineering Software
The finite element analysis program RFEM is a powerful software for quick and easy modeling, structural analysis and design of 2D and 3D models consisting of member, plate, wall, folded plate, shell, solid, and contact elements.
Due to the modular software concept, you can connect the main program RFEM with the corresponding add‑on modules in order to meet your individual requirements.
Automatic Generation of Load Combinations
RFEM provides automatic generation of load and result combinations according to Eurocode and other international standards in compliance with the corresponding combination expressions. In a clearly arranged window, you can copy, add, or renumber load cases, for example. Load cases and combinations are specified in Tables 2.1 to 2.6.
The General Data dialog box includes a wide range of standards and the option to create combinations automatically. The following standards are available:
- EN 1990: 2002
- EN 1990 + EN 1995: 2004 (timber)
- EN 1990 + EN 1991-2; Road bridges
- EN 1990 + EN 1991-3; Cranes
- EN 1990 + EN 1997
- DIN 1055-100: 2001-03
- DIN 1055-100 + DIN 1052: 2004-08 (timber)
- DIN 1055-100 + DIN 18008 (glass)
- DIN 1052 (simplified) (timber)
- DIN 18800: 1990
- ASCE 7-10
- ASCE 7-10 NDS (timber)
- ACI 318-14
- IBC 2015
- CAN/CSA S 16.1-94: 1994
- NBCC: 2005
- NBR 8681
- IS 800: 2007
- SIA 260: 2003
- SIA 260 + SIA 265: 2003 (timber)
- BS 5950-1: 2000
- GB 50009-2012
- CTE DB-SE
For the European standards (EC), the following National Annexes are available:
- DIN EN 1990/NA: 2009-05 (Germany)
- NBN EN 1990 - ANB: 2005 (Belgium)
- BDS EN 1990: 2003/NA: 2008 (Bulgaria)
- DK EN 1990/NA: 2007-07 (Denmark)
- SFS EN 1990/NA: 2005 (Finland)
- NF EN 1990/NA: 2005/12 (France)
- ELOT EN 1990: 2009 (Greece)
- UNI EN 1990/NA: 2007-07 (Italy)
- IS EN 1990: 2002 + NA: 2010 (Ireland)
- LVS EN 1990: 2003/NA: 2010 (Latvia)
- LST EN 1990/NA: 2010-11 (Lithuania)
- LU EN 1990/NA: 2011-09 (Luxembourg)
- MS EN 1990: 2010 (Malaysia)
- NEN EN 1990/NA: 2006 (Netherlands)
- NS EN 1990/NA: 2008 (Norway)
- ÖNORM EN 1990: 2007-02 (Austria)
- NP EN 1990: 2009 (Portugal)
- PN EN 1990/NA: 2004 (Poland)
- SR EN 1990/NA: 2006-10 (Romania)
- SIST EN 1990: 2004/A1: 2005 (Slovenia)
- SS EN 1990: 2008 (Singapore)
- SS EN 1990/FSO 2010: 28 (Sweden)
- STN EN 1990/NA: 2009-08 (Slovakia)
- UNE EN 1990 2003 (Spain)
- CSN EN 1990/NA: 2004-03 (Czech Republic)
- BS EN 1990/NA: 2004-12 (United Kingdom)
- CPM EN 1990/NA: 2011 (Belarus)
- CYS EN 1990: 2002 (Cyprus)
In the "Edit Load Cases and Combinations" dialog box, you can create and edit load cases as well as generate action, load and result combinations. It is possible to assign various action types to the individual load cases in accordance with the selected standard. If several loads have been assigned to one action type, they can act simultaneously or alternatively (for example wind from the left or right).
For the combination of actions in the ultimate and the serviceability limit state, you can select various design situations according to the standard (for example ULS (STR/GEO) - permanent/transient, SLS - quasi-permanent, and others). Furthermore, there is the option to integrate imperfections in the combination and to determine load cases that should not be combined with other load cases (for example construction load for roof not combined with snow load).
The "Accidental" design situation automatically considers accidental actions such as earthquake, explosion loads, collisions, and others. When using German standards, you can select the "Accidental - Snow" design situation to consider the North German Plain automatically as well.
There are three options to reduce the number of combinations. The first two procedures are only available for the generation of load combinations but not for result combinations.
The first option allows for automatic analysis of all load case results (internal forces, deformations, etc.) of selected elements. Then, the program will generate only those combinations which include the load cases producing a maximum or minimum. In addition, you can define a maximum number of relevant load cases, or neglect load cases with a very small contribution to the maximum and minimum values.
The second option allows for automatic evaluation of generated temporary or user-defined result combinations. Then, only the governing load combinations are created.
The third option to reduce the number of generated combinations is to classify only selected actions as leading actions.
The actions are automatically superimposed in accordance with combination expressions and then displayed as so-called "action combinations". It is possible to define which action combinations will be eventually used for the generation of load or result combinations. Based on the created action combinations, you can estimate how the combination expressions affect the number of combinations.
The load cases included in load combinations are added together and then calculated in consideration of the corresponding factors (partial safety and combination factors, coefficients regarding consequence classes, and others). The load combinations can be created automatically in compliance with the combination expressions of the standard. It is possible to perform the calculation according to the linear static analysis, second-order analysis or large deformation analysis as well as for postcritical failure. Optionally, you can define whether the internal forces are relative to a deformed or non-deformed structure.
The load cases included in result combinations are calculated first. Then, the results are superimposed by taking into account the corresponding factors. In the result combinations, you can superimpose the results of load cases and load combinations as well as other result combinations. Internal forces are added together by default. However, there is the option of a square addition, which is relevant for dynamic analysis.
In the individual load cases or combinations, there is the option to modify the stiffness of materials, cross-sections, nodal, line and surface supports, as well as member end releases and line hinges for all or the selected members. Furthermore, it is possible to consider initial deformations from other load cases or load combinations.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Is it possible to display more values for the stress distribution over the layers in RF-LAMINATE?
- How is the position of the additional reinforcement considered in RF-CONCRETE Surfaces when determining hc, ef?
- I would expect the results from my load combination (CO) set to a linear analysis to equal the summation of the results from my load cases (LC) also set to a linear analysis. Why do the results not match?
- For a tapered member, I get the error message "Invalid (incompatible) arrangement ...". What can I do?
- As part of my bachelor thesis, I would like to integrate the RSTAB printout report into LaTeX. There, you can completely integrate a PDF document as shown in the viewer. This also works with any PDF document, but not with the printout report created by RSTAB. What could be the reason?
- I have defined a wind profile for RWIND Simulation up to a height of 100 m. Is the wind profile dependent on the size of the wind tunnel?
- How can I set the deformation coefficient kdef in the program?
- Does the program use different values of modulus of elasticity for different temperatures? How to activate it?
- I would like to design an aluminum or lightweight structure. Is it possible to use RFEM or RSTAB for this?
- I am using the COM interface and Grasshopper for the calculation of complex structures. For this task, I need to create NURBS lines. Could you explain how to set NURBS? For example what kind of data should be provided for Knots?
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