RSTAB - Structural Frame & Truss Analysis Software

Easy Modeling of Structures

“I really enjoy working with Dlubal Software programs. The structure generation and modification can proceed smoothly:

  • Manageability of functions in the menu and movability in space
  • Data transparency: checks, options to modify and transfer data

I am happy that I switched over to Dlubal Software!”

Useful Tools for Fast Generation of Structures

Useful auxiliary functions and tools for generation of structures including loads facilitate the modeling process. Member nonlinearities (creeping, tearing, slippage, friction, and others) are also possible as well as rigid couplings, nonlinear springs, or eccentric connections.

  1. Material library with parameters relevant for calculation and design

    Cross-Section and Material Libraries Including Favorites

    Extensive cross‑section and material libraries facilitate modeling of plate and beam structures. These libraries can be filtered and extended by user‑defined entries. It is possible to import and analyze special cross‑sections from SHAPE‑THIN and SHAPE‑MASSIVE.

  2. Input of a combined T-section

    Combined and Hybrid Cross-Sections

    It is possible to define combined timber cross-sections such as U‑, T-, I- and box‑shaped beams. Single elements are connected by rigid or semi‑rigid connections.

    Furthermore, there are hybrid cross‑sections available. In this case, a submenu provides the option to assign different materials to the individual cross‑section parts.

  3. Graphical modeling using background layers

    Working with Layers

    There are various tools such as the object snap, user‑defined input grids, and guidelines, which facilitate the graphical input of structural data. DXF files can be imported as line models or used as a layer in the background in order to use specific snap points.

  4. Genereting a 3D hall

    Useful Generating Tools

    Generating tools to enter parametric models such as frames, halls, trusses, spiral stairways, arcs, or roofs. In addition, many generators allow for the creation of load cases and loading resulting from weight, snow, and wind.

  5. Formula editor with a parameter list

    Optional Parametric Input

    In order to work with recurring structural systems efficiently, RSTAB provides the parametrized input. You can combine it with a parametrizable guideline method: Structures can be created using particular parameters and adjusted to a new situation by modifying the parameters.

  6. Selection criteria for a grpahical selection

    Simple Selection According to Specific Categories

    Various buttons allow for direct change of perspective and work plane. By zooming, rotating and shifting the structure you can quickly adjust the appropriate view. Partial views represent specific structural parts clearly. Inactive objects can be displayed transparently in the background. By selecting structural elements according to special criteria, it is possible to group objects in a simple way.

  7. General data of a model

    Easy Model Input

    Structures are entered as 2D or 3D models. Since RSTAB follows the general standards of Windows applications, the program is easy to operate - even for beginners. Member types such as truss girders, tension or buckling members facilitate the definition of member properties.

  8. Definition of a member nonlinearity

    Member and Support Nonlinearities

    It is possible to specifiy nonlinearities of member end releases (yielding, tearing, slippage, etc.) and supports (including friction). Using stress-strain and stiffness diagrams, you can define support and release properties close to reality.

  9. Defining a set of members

    Variable Member Properties

    Members can be arranged eccentrically, supported by elastic foundations, or defined as rigid connections. Tapers, non-linear springs with activity zone, friction, and cohesion are possible as well. Sets of members facilitate application of loading on several members. Load ordinates of modified loads are adjusted automatically.

  10. Wind load generation according to EN 1991-1-4

    Wind and Snow Load Generation According to Eurocode

    Two‑dimensional loads can be converted to selected members. Load generators create wind loads according to EN 1991‑1‑4, snow loads according to EN 1991‑1‑3, and coating loads (ice). You can save recurring load combinations as templates.

  11. Renumbering nodes and members

    Automatic Renumbering of Objects

    The numbering of structural objects such as nodes and members can be adjusted subsequently. It is possible to renumber objects automatically in accordance with the selected priorities (directions of axes).

  12. Extending a member

    Simple Model Check

    Members can be extended or divided graphically. The model check quickly detects entry errors such as identical nodes or double members and deletes them. When entering structural data, you can automatically connect intersecting members. The measure function allows for the determination of member and surface lengths and angles.

  13. Options to define member loads

    Various Load Types

    For member and nodal loads, there are various load types such as force, moment, temperature, axial strain, precamber, initial prestress, imposed displacement, and others. Member loads can be assigned to members, sets of members, and member lists. In the case of imperfections, RSTAB determines inclination and precamber according to Eurocode.

  14. Regenerating a model

    Optional Regeneration of Model

    It is possible to edit a model in the active rendering. The "Regenerate Model" function is useful when correcting slight deviations of node coordinates. Furthermore, it is possible to determine the centroid as well as the weight of the selected structural objects.

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