Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Software

Finite Element Analyses

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.

Plastic design in RFEM

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.

RFEM structural model with result diagram

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.

Verification examples

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.

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