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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.
First Steps with RFEM
“After using about four other major analysis programs, I am extremely pleased by the subtle features of RFEM for its flexibility in modeling, interoperability, ease of analysis, error reporting and also in interpreting the results.
Added to this is the excellent support that is beyond expectation.”
Useful Features and Tools for Effective Work
Further Features in RFEM 5
Project Navigator - Views
In the project navigator, there is a new "Views" tab. In simple steps you can generate various views here that are possible to save and open again at any time.
It is possible now to assign different colors to various objects of a structure in order to make the rendering display of the construction more clearly arranged. The following categories are available: materials, cross‑sections, member types, member hinges, surface types - geometry, surface types - stiffness, surface thickness, solid types, surface sides, and user‑defined visibilities.
RFEM 5 is now available as a full 64‑bit version. If the operating system is eligible, the 64‑bit version is installed automatically. Therefore, it is possible to use the present computer resources to full capacity and perform a wide range of designs.
Automatic Generation of Combinations
There is a new dialog box for entering load cases and actions now. It provides the option of the automatic generation of load case and result combinations, selecting the corresponding combination rules subsequently. In this clearly arranged dialog box, you can also copy, add, or renumber load cases, for example. In addition, load cases and combinations are specified in Tables 2.1 to 2.6.
New Member Types
The following new member types have been implemented:
- Rigid member
- Cable on Pulleys
- Result Beam (integration of stresses and internal forces)
- Definable Stiffness
There is a mass print function for the model data, loads, and results. It is possible to create graphics from different defined directions. For example, you can print all internal forces in an isometric view with a single mouse click.
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Complete Feature List
Download the complete feature list including detailed information of the new features in RFEM 5.
Internal forces of timber boardwalk with eccentrically connected members
Pulley on cantilever - axial forces
Visualized deformations of an office building
Representation of internal forces for members and surfaces
Stress distribution in sectional area of a solid
Model of sailing ship "Alexander von Humboldt II" (C) Marine Engineering Wollert GmbH, Arnis