Dlubal Software Products for Different Industries

Due to the modular software concept, the main programs RFEM and RSTAB can be provided with relevant add-on modules and applied to a wide variety of project-types.

Select your project-type below to find out which program and add-on modules are suitable for your structural engineering analysis and design.

Concrete Structures

The structural engineering FEA software RFEM and the frame analysis program RSTAB provide the possibility to analyze and design reinforced concrete structures. Whether you design a pure beam structure (RSTAB) or a structure with plates, walls, or shells (RFEM), you can choose from a wide range of programs by Dlubal Software.

Steel Structures

The structural analysis programs RFEM and RSTAB together with the corresponding steel add-on modules are the optimal solution for the structural analysis and design of steel structures such as steel buildings, steel halls, scaffoldings, bridges, silos, cranes, crane runways, masts, winter gardens, etc.

Timber Structures

The structural engineering programs RFEM and RSTAB are perfectly suited for structural analysis and design of 3D timber structures. Whether you design beam structures or surface elements, such as cross‑laminated timber plates, there are various options for simple and complex timber structures.

Furthermore, the RX‑TIMBER program family allows you to quickly and efficiently calculate and design models, such as glued-laminated timber trusses, timber frames, purlins, and many others.

Aluminum and Lightweight Structures

For the design of aluminum structures, RFEM and RSTAB include all standard cross-sections such as I‑sections, channels, T‑sections, rectangular hollow sections, square tubes, circular tubes, flat steel, and many others. The design is carried out according to the American standard ADM 2020, or Eurocode 9, including numerous National Annexes.

For cable and membrane structures, the initial shape can be found and the relevant calculations performed.

Mechanical Engineering

Many users rely on RFEM and RSTAB for their calculations in mechanical engineering. The finite element analysis (FEA) software RFEM analyzes very complex structures consisting of numerous surfaces, beams, and solids.

Therefore, RFEM is frequently used to analyze various components, construction details, or connections. In RSTAB, it is possible to design beam, frame, or truss structures in an easy and time‑efficient way.

Process Manufacturing Plants

RFEM and RSTAB are ideal for structural design and analysis of industrial structures. These are, for example, chemical plants, production halls, tanks, piping systems, large filters, and many others.

RSTAB allows for design of member structures and RFEM for additional plate, wall, shell, and solid elements.

Piping Systems

RFEM allows for modeling, structural and dynamic analysis as well as design of piping systems (including piping components such as valves, reducers, flanges, tees and others).

The piping analysis can be performed for the entire structure, that is, in interaction with the supporting structure.

Bridge Structures

Many users rely on RFEM and RSTAB when analyzing and designing bridges consisting of steel, reinforced concrete, timber, or other materials.

By using the helpful add-on modules, it is possible to generate influence lines, moving loads on members and surfaces, and more. It is also possible to perform dynamic analysis as well as the required stability analysis, serviceability limit state design, fatigue design, and buckling analysis.

Cranes and Craneways

Due to the possibility of 3D modeling, RFEM and RSTAB are ideal for the design of cranes. The detailed analysis is supported by features such as consideration of member and release nonlinearities, cable pulleys, and more.

With the stand-alone program CRANEWAY, crane runway girders for traveling or suspension cranes can be designed according to EN 1993‑6, including all required designs.

Towers and Masts

It is possible to design lattice towers with RFEM and RSTAB (such as 5G cell towers, transmission towers, and observation towers). The corresponding add-on modules provide a wide range of options, from automatic generation of structures and loading to the determination of effective lengths and design according to Eurocode.

It is also possible to model and analyze individual tower and mast structures (e.g. 5G phone masts).

Power Plants

The structural engineering programs RFEM and RSTAB are ideal for structural analysis and design of power plants. It is possible to combine different materials in the analytical model.

In addition to the ultimate limit state design and stability analysis, it is also possible to perform dynamic analysis.

Glass Structures

In RFEM, it is possible to design and analyze glass structures separately or as a part of the entire model. The extensive material library contains a large number of commercially available glass types, foils, and gases.

Glass surfaces defined in RFEM can be supported on lines and nodes and even modeled as special solids. The results include stresses in surfaces and solids.

Tensile Membrane Structures

The structural analysis software RFEM allows for form-finding, structural analysis, and determination of cutting patterns of tensile membrane and cable structures.

The calculation is performed according to the large deformation analysis. When determining the cutting patterns, user‑defined intersection lines and compensation dimensions are considered.

Cable and Tensile Structures

Design your cable and tensile structures or their substructures with the structural analysis and design software RFEM and RSTAB. You can calculate the cables with prestress or without prestress.

In RFEM, you can use the RF-FORM-FINDING add-on module to search for the shape of the cable structure before performing the calculation. In addition, it is possible to combine the cables with member, surface, and solid elements.

Laminate, Sandwich & CLT Structures

In RFEM, it is possible to perform a stress and deflection analysis of laminate and sandwich surfaces. The calculation can consider shear coupling and is carried out according to the laminate theory.

It can be applied to the design of cross-laminated timber plates (CLT), fiber-reinforced plastics (for example FRP, GRP, GFRP, carbon material) and many others.

Hydraulic Steel Engineering

RFEM allows you to analyze and design complex structures consisting of members, surfaces, and solids.

Therefore, it is perfectly suited for static and dynamic analysis of hydraulic steel structures, such as sluices, locks and lock chambers, roller water gates, sliding and sector gates, weir flaps, drum gates, flood protection gates, ship lifts, canal bridges, and many others.

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