Baku Flame Towers is a striking complex of high‑rise buildings in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan.
The complex consists of three 190‑m‑high towers in shape of a flame as a symbol of several oil wells in the region.
RFEM is the ultimate 3D structural engineering software for linear and nonlinear analysis according to the finite element method (FEM).
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.
The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a calculation method typical for the scientific and technical area. The FE method allows you to calculate complex problems that can hardly be solved by other means.
Since FEM is a numerical method for solving differential equations, it is possible to perform the finite element analyses (FEA) in various physical disciplines. A component subjected to FEA is subdivided into a large number of small finite elements with simple geometry so that the required quantity can be easily calculated. This subdivision provided the name for the numerical technique: Finite Element Method.
In structural engineering, finite element analysis applies FEM as a standard method for computer-aided calculation of beam and plate structures.
The structural analysis program RFEM is the right software for user‑friendly application of the Finite Element Method in structural engineering. Efficient data input and intuitive handling facilitate modeling of simple and large structures. RFEM also provides solutions for structural and dynamic analysis of 3D structures.
RFEM is the basis of a modular software system and is used to define structures, materials, and loads for planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells and members.
In addition, it is possible to calculate internal forces as well as support forces. The program also allows you to create combined structures and model solid or contact elements.
Further analysis and design of components consisting of different materials in compliance with various standards can be performed in the corresponding add‑on modules.
For design of various materials such as reinforced and prestressed concrete, steel, aluminium, timber, and glass, there is a wide range of powerful add-on module available for RFEM.
These modules allow you to perform nonlinear, stability and dynamic analyses as well as connection designs and form‑finding processes for cable and membrane structures.
The "Pneumatic Wedge Method" is a new technique for the construction of double-curved concrete surfaces by means of pneumatic formwork.
Vienna University of Technology used RFEM for the deformation process and checking the final structural conditions.
The "Hemsedal Ski Center" in the Scandinavian Alps is one of the top 3 ski resorts in Norway with a total of 49 ski slopes and 20 surface lifts.
At the foot of the mountainside, a new steel and reinforced concrete building of an apartment hotel with 100 modern rooms will be completed by the end of 2017.
The Czech research team participates in saving the stone monuments in Angkor, registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site, which are currently largely deteriorated.
To create numerical models and carry out the structural analysis, the structural FEA software RFEM has been used.
The project for designing a filter/dryer device including agitator required a complete stress and deformation analysis in RFEM.
A special design challenge represented the complex modeling of the structue having 1,424 surfaces, 158 solids and 425 members.
The art project Solhjul ("Sun wheel") by the Danish artist Bo Karberg is inspired by an archaeological find of a 5,000‑year old disk wheel in Pilkmosen near Give, Denmark.
The sculpture of 12m-high steel and glass wheel in Give is now the new symbol of the town.
Skywalk Allgäu is a path leading through the treetops of the Allgäu Alps in Southern Germany.
The steel and timber structure of the path about 1,000 m above sea level consists of cable-stayed and suspension bridge constructions.
As a new tool for structural analyses of two-dimensional components, a display function for the FE mesh quality was implemented in RFEM. When you perform an internal check of the generated finite elements for defined criteria, you can graphically display the result. It will be displayed in three different colors to illustrate the different levels of quality. You can edit all values of the criteria and thus adjust them to your individual needs.
Since the release of RFEM 5, the ‘Result Beam’ member type has been available. The result beam is a virtual member that does not have any stiffness nor require any support. It can be used in various situations in order to integrate the results from members, surfaces, and solids, and to display them as member internal forces.
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Reconstruction of sailing ship "Alexander von Humboldt II" | © Marine Engineering Wollert GmbH, Arnis/Germany
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
Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)
Reinforced concrete design according to the model column method (method based on nominal curvature)
Physical and geometrical nonlinear calculation of beam and plate structures consisting of reinforced concrete
Punching shear design of foundations and slabs with nodal and line supports
Stress analysis of steel surfaces and members
Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3
Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3 and RF-STEEL AISC
Warping torsion analysis according to the second-order theory with 7 degrees of freedom
Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3
Plastic design of cross-sections according the Partial Internal Forces Method (PIFM) and Simplex Method
Design of steel members according to the American standard ANSI/AISC 360
Design of aluminium members according to Eurocode 9
Design of aluminium members according to the American standards ADM 2010 and ADM 2015
Timber design according to Eurocode 5, SIA 265 and/or DIN 1052
Design of timber members according to the American standard ANSI/AWC NDS
Design of single-layer, laminated and insulating glass
Generation of geometrically complex 3D tower structures such as lattice towers and radio masts
Generation of wind, ice and variable loads for lattice towers
Design of triangular and quadrilateral lattice towers according to European standards
Design of rigid bolted frame joints according to Eurocode 3 or DIN 18800
Design of pinned connections according to Eurocode 3
Design of hinged and restrained column base footings according to Eurocode 3
Design of indirect timber connections with dowel-type fasteners and steel plates according to NDS and Eurocode 5
Design of Direct Timber Connections According to Eurocode 5
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
Seismic and static load analysis using the multi-modal response spectrum analysis
Nonlinear dynamic analysis to external excitations
Modeling piping systems
Piping design and pipe stress analysis
Form-finding of tensile membrane and cable structures
Generation of cutting patterns for tensile membrane structures