Application Areas

Dlubal Software for Various Application Areas

The Dlubal programs RFEM and RSTAB include a wide range of structural analysis and design applications. It is possible to perform stability analyses, linear and nonlinear dynamic analyses, connection design, and much more.

  • Stadium Roof Structure
  • Industrial Storage Tanks
  • Accelerogram for Structural Dynamic Analysis
  • BIM-Orientated Planning

Structural Analysis

The structural FEA software RFEM and the frame & truss analysis software RSTAB are the ideal solution for the structural analysis and design of planar and spatial structures made of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, steel, aluminum, timber, masonry, and other materials.

The design can be performed according to Eurocodes (EN) and many international standards.

Finite Element Analysis

RFEM is the ultimate 3D structural engineering software for finite element method (FEM) analysis.

Due to flexible modeling of structures consisting of member, plate, wall, folded plate, shell, solid, and contact elements, the software can be applied to all possible tasks of structural design.

Stress Analysis

Structural FEA software RFEM and frame analysis software RSTAB perform stress analysis of planar and spatial structures. In RSTAB, stress analysis is performed for member cross‑sections and in RFEM, also for surfaces and solids.

In addition to normal and shear stress, contact stresses can be calculated in RFEM.

Nonlinear Analysis

In the structural analysis programs RFEM and RSTAB, it is possible to consider member nonlinearities (for example, failure at compression/tension, slippage, tearing, creeping) as well as support and release nonlinearities such as failure, creeping, friction support, and more.

In addition to linear static analysis and second-order analysis, large deformation analysis is also available (for cable design, for example). Moreover, RFEM supports the consideration of material nonlinearities such as plastification, concrete in cracked state (state II), and many others.

Stability Analysis

Stability analysis is necessary particularly for structural components subjected to compression and bending. Stability analysis is usually performed in the corresponding add-ons for the relevant material (for example in Steel Design for RFEM& 6& / RSTAB& 8 for steel members).

Furthermore, RFEM and RSTAB provide powerful add-ons and add-on modules for plate buckling design, buckling analysis, and much more.

Nonlinear Buckling Analysis

In addition to linear buckling analysis, RFEM also allows for nonlinear buckling analysis using the Finite Element Method.

Geometrically and materially nonlinear analysis with imperfections included (GMNIA) represents the "real" structural behavior in this case.

Warping Torsion Analysis

Especially for unsymmetric steel cross‑sections (for example, channel sections, angle sections, and so on), it is possible to perform flexural-torsional and lateral‑torsional buckling designs according to the second‑order analysis with 7 degrees of freedom.

Dynamic Analysis

Typical application areas for dynamic analysis are seismic design, vibration design of buildings, calculation of machine foundations, and natural frequency analysis of bridges and chimneys.

The FEA software RFEM and the structural frame analysis software provide a wide range of powerful add-on modules for dynamic analysis.

Nonlinear Dynamics

RFEM and RSTAB allow for nonlinear dynamic analyses performed for time history analysis. For this task, the nonlinear analysis method is available.

Among others, it is possible to consider nonlinear member types (tension and compression members as well as cables), member nonlinearities (failure, yielding, and so on), support nonlinearities (failure, friction, and so on), and release nonlinearities.

Pushover Analysis

Pushover analysis is a nonlinear structural calculation for seismic analysis of structures. The load pattern is inferred from the dynamic calculation of equivalent loads. These loads are increased incrementally until global failure of the structure occurs. The nonlinear behavior of a building is usually represented using plastic hinges.

In RFEM, the plastic hinges according to the definition of FEMA 356 are available for the material of steel. You can easily generate pushover curves with the load increment option in RFEM and calculation diagrams.

Form-Finding and Cutting Patterns

Structural engineering software RFEM and RSTAB provide various options for form‑finding and cutting patterns of membrane structures as well as form‑finding and analysis of cable structures. Both programs perform the calculation according to the large deformation analysis.

Numerous spectacular cable, tensile, and membrane structures (for example, Allianz-Arena in Munich, Germany) were analyzed with structural analysis programs by Dlubal Software.

Steel Connections

For RFEM and RSTAB, there are powerful add-ons and add-on modules for the design of steel connections.

It is possible to analyze steel connections using an FE model or to design rigid and hinged beam connections, column bases, hollow section and tower connections in steel structures according to Eurocode 3.

Timber Connections

The RFEM and RSTAB add-on modules for the design of timber connections allow you to design the connections where timber members are connected indirectly with steel plates or directly with slant screws.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a modern way of planning and carrying out construction projects. The advantage of this concept is that all partners involved in a project are connected, sharing one single data source. All relevant building data is digitally maintained within a three-dimensional model, which is then used in all planning stages. In this way, various CAD and structural analysis programs use the same model, which is directly transferred between the programs.

Dlubal provides an option for structural planning according to the Building Information Modeling (BIM). This is primarily achieved through the numerous interfaces for data exchange in RFEM and RSTAB.


For many other application areas, the Dlubal programs RFEM, RSTAB, RSECTION, and others are the ideal structural analysis and design solution. For example:

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