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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.
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A model is created in the graphical user interface characteristic for CAD programs, using tables, or in combination of both ways. Extensive context menus facilitate data input. Since the structural model is photorealistically visualised, you can directly check the data entered.
A structure is created in the graphical user interface typical for CAD programs or by using tables. Right-clicking on graphical or navigator objects activates the shortcut menu, which facilitates creating or editing such objects. The user interface is operated intuitively so the structure and loading objects can be created in a minimal amount of time.
It is possible to operate the program in the following languages: English, German, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
The user‑interface design of RFEM/RSTAB can be customised with any of the nine different styles of graphical user interface (for example Office 2007 Blue, Silver, Aqua, or Black).
Project Navigator - Views allows you to easily generate various views in a few simple steps. Moreover, you can save and open them again at any time.
Menus and toolbars are freely configurable. Thus, a user-defined arrangement of frequently used functions is possible. Default settings of the program can be restored with a mouse click. Tables, navigators, and toolbars can also be arranged in any order and docked as well.
In addition, the configuration manager provides the option of creating user-defined display properties and toolbars, which can be saved as a separate configuration.
The photorealistic visualization of a model in 3D rendering provides a direct check of the input data. Display colors can be freely adjusted and saved separately for the screen and printout.
It is possible to assign different colours to various objects of a structure in order to make the rendering display of the structure 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.
It is possible to specifically display or hide various objects such as nodes, members, supports, and others. The model can be dimensioned by using lines, arcs, inclinations, or height elevations. Freely created guidelines, sections, and comments facilitate the input and evaluation. You can also display or hide guide objects individually.
A global dialog box manages the units of input data, loads, and results in RFEM/RSTAB as well as in all add‑on modules.
It is possible to save the settings and import it again later. That way you can use different sections in steel and reinforced concrete structures, for example.
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Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements
The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions
Cross-Section Properties Software
Section properties, stress analysis, and plastic design of open and closed thin-walled cross-sections
Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3
Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)
Timber design according to Eurocode 5, SIA 265 and/or DIN 1052
Dynamic analysis of natural frequencies and mode shapes of member, surface, and solid models
Dynamic and seismic analysis including time history analysis and multi-modal response spectrum analysis
Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3
Warping torsion analysis according to the second-order theory with 7 degrees of freedom
Form-finding of tensile membrane and cable structures
Modeling piping systems
Design of single-layer, laminated and insulating glass
Stress analysis of steel members
Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3
Linear and nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete members with reinforcement concept
Reinforced concrete design according to the model column method (method based on nominal curvature)
Module Extension for RSTAB
Extension of the modules for reinforced concrete design by the Eurocode 2 design