Structural Analysis & Design Software for Cable and Tensile Structures

Structural Analysis & Design of 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 as prestressed or not prestressed.

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

  • Cable construction

3D Finite Element Analysis and Design

Structural engineering FEA software RFEM is the basis of a modular software system. RFEM is used to define structures, materials, and loads for planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells and members. The program also allows you to create combined structures as well as model solid and contact elements.

Structural Frame & Truss Analysis

The structural frame analysis and design software RSTAB contains a similar range of functions as RFEM, with special attention to beam, frame and truss structures. Therefore, it is very easy to use and for many years it has been the best choice for structural engineers.

Wind Simulation & Wind Load Generation

Use the stand-alone program RWIND Simulation for complex structures. This program simulates wind flows around any structures by means of a digital wind tunnel.

The generated wind loads acting on these objects can be imported to RFEM or RSTAB.

Form-Finding of Cable and Tensile Structures

The RF-FORM-FINDING add-on module for RFEM searches for shapes of cable and tensile structures. The shape is calculated by the equilibrium between the cable forces and the given boundary requirements. The prestressed model is afterwards used as the initial state for all subsequent calculations.

More Add-on Modules for Cable and Tensile Structure Designs

For structural analysis and design of cable and tensile membrane structures or their substructures, find more useful add‑on modules under the Steel Structures as well as Aluminium and Light-Weight Structures industry. If you would like to perform dynamic analyses, use the add-on modules for dynamic and seismic analysis.

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.

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PennDOT Certificate


RFEM 5 has been tested and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as a universal structural analysis software for government projects.

RFEM 5.xx

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
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD

Add-on Module

Form-finding of tensile membrane and cable structures

Price of First License
1,750.00 USD

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD

Add-on Module

Design of aluminium members according to Eurocode 9

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD