Software for Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

FEA Software for Structural and Mechanical Analysis

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.

  • Steel structure
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  • Dlubal Software for Structural Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Finite Element Method (FEM)

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.

3D Finite Element Analysis and Design

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.

Add-on Modules for RFEM

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.

Quality of FEA Results

Structural analysis programs by Dlubal Software provide comprehensible structural calculations. They are not a "Black Box". Numerous verification examples available on our website explain how the software works and reveal the calculation methods.

Interfaces for Data Exchange

The structural analysis software provided by Dlubal can be seamlessly integrated into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. A variety of interfaces allows you to exchange data from digital building models with RFEM or RSTAB.

Support and Learning

Customer service is one of the fundamental pillars of the Dlubal Software company philosophy. We also offer you all the support you need for your daily work.

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RFEM 5
RFEM

Main Program

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

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-CONCRETE

Add-on Module

Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)

Price of First License
810.00 USD
RFEM 5
CONCRETE Columns

Add-on Module

Reinforced concrete design according to the model column method (method based on nominal curvature)

Price of First License
630.00 USD
RFEM 5
RFEM add-on module RF-CONCRETE NL | Nonlinear reinforced concrete calculation for the serviceability limit state

Add-on Module

Physical and geometrical nonlinear calculation of beam and plate structures consisting of reinforced concrete

Price of First License
1,300.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-PUNCH Pro Add-on Module for RFEM | Punching Shear Design of Singularly or Linearly Supported Surfaces

Add-on Module

Punching shear design of foundations and slabs with nodal and line supports

Price of First License
760.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-STEEL

Add-on Module

Stress analysis of steel surfaces and members

Price of First License
1,030.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-STEEL EC3

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-STEEL Warping Torsion

Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3 and RF-STEEL AISC

Warping torsion analysis according to the second-order theory with 7 degrees of freedom

Price of First License
850.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-STEEL Plasticity

Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3

Plastic design of cross-sections according the Partial Internal Forces Method (PIFM) and Simplex Method

Price of First License
850.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-STEEL AISC

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the American standard ANSI/AISC 360

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-ALUMINUM

Add-on Module

Design of aluminium members according to Eurocode 9

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-ALUMINUM ADM

Add-on Module

Design of aluminium members according to the American standards ADM 2010, ADM 2015 and ADM 2020

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-/TIMBER Pro

Add-on Module

Timber design according to Eurocode 5, SIA 265 and/or DIN 1052

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-TIMBER AWC

Add-on Module

Design of timber members according to the American standard ANSI/AWC NDS

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-GLASS

Add-on Module

Design of single-layer, laminated and insulating glass

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-TOWER structure

Add-on Module

Generation of geometrically complex 3D tower structures such as lattice towers and radio masts

Price of First License
1,750.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-TOWER Loading

Add-on Module

Generation of wind, ice and variable loads for lattice towers

Price of First License
1,750.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-TOWER design

Add-on Module

Design of triangular and quadrilateral lattice towers according to European standards

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-FRAME JOINT Pro

Add-on Module

Design of rigid bolted frame joints according to Eurocode 3 or DIN 18800

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-JOINTS Steel - Pinned

Add-on Module

Design of pinned connections according to Eurocode 3

Price of First License
670.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-/JOINTS Steel - Column Base

Add-on Module

Design of hinged and restrained column base footings according to Eurocode 3

Price of First License
670.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF -JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber

Add-on Module

Design of indirect timber connections with dowel-type fasteners and steel plates according to NDS and Eurocode 5

Price of First License
850.00 USD
RFEM 5
RFEM/RSTAB add-on module RF-/JOINTS Timber-Timber to Timber

Add-on Module

Design of Direct Timber Connections According to Eurocode 5

Price of First License
360.00 USD
RFEM 5

Add-on Module

Dynamic analysis of natural frequencies and mode shapes of member, surface, and solid models

Price of First License
1,030.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF -DYNAM Pro - Forced Vibrations

Add-on Module

Dynamic and seismic analysis including time history analysis and multi-modal response spectrum analysis

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF -DYNAM Pro - Equivalent Loads

Add-on Module

Seismic and static load analysis using the multi-modal response spectrum analysis

Price of First License
760.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF -DYNAM Pro - Nonlinear Time History

Add-on Module

Nonlinear dynamic analysis to external excitations

Price of First License
1,120.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-PIPING

Add-on Module

Modeling piping systems

Price of First License
1,750.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-PIPING Design

Add-on Module

Piping design and pipe stress analysis

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-FORM-FINDING

Add-on Module

Form-finding of tensile membrane and cable structures

Price of First License
1,750.00 USD
RFEM 5
RF-CUTTING-PATTERN

Add-on Module

Generation of cutting patterns for tensile membrane structures

Price of First License
2,240.00 USD