Analysis & Design Software for Industrial and Plant Engineering

3D Finite Element Analysis and Design

Structural engineering FEA software RFEM is the basis of a modular software system. The main program 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.

Analysis & Design of Frame/Beam/Truss Structures

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

More Add-on Modules for Industrial and Plant Engineering Designs

Find more useful add-on modules for structural analysis and design of industrial and plant engineering under the Steel Structures industry.

Add-on Modules for Piping Analysis

For piping modeling and design in RFEM, there are the RF‑PIPING and RF‑PIPING add‑on modules available.

Knowledge Base | Industrial and Plant Engineering

  1. 1 - Structural System

    Simplified Calculation of Critical Load According to EN 1993-1-1

    Critical load factors and the corresponding mode shapes of any structure can be efficiently determined in RFEM and RSTAB using the RF-STABILITY or RSBUCK add-on module (linear eigenvalue solver or nonlinear analysis).

  2. 1 - Bending Moment Distribution on Entire Structure and Extracted Structure

    Load Determination in RF-/STEEL Warping Torsion

    This article explains how to determine loads on the basis of the internal force situations defined in the RF-/STEEL Warping Torsion extension of the RF-/STEEL EC3 add-on module. Since this new program allows you to also analyze extracted chain-like beam structures in addition to entire chain-like beam structures, it is necessary to determine the loads of the partial structure separately. For this, a special transformation function has been developed, which determines new loads of all partial structures (depending on the internal forces calculated in RFEM/RSTAB) according to each load situation for geometrically nonlinear warping torsion analysis with seven degrees of freedom.

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RFEM Main Program
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

RSTAB Main Program
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

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL 5.xx

Add-on Module

Stress analysis of steel surfaces and members

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL EC3 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL AISC 5.xx

Add-on Module

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

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL SIA 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Swiss standard SIA 263

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL IS 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Indian standard IS 800:2007

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL BS 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the British standard BS 5950-1:2000 or British Annex BS EN 1993-1-1

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL GB 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Chinese standard GB 50017-2003

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL CSA 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Canadian standard CSA S16-09

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL AS 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Australian standard AS 4100-1998

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL NTC-DF 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Mexican standard NTC-DF 2004

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL SP 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Russian standard SP 16.13330.2011

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL SANS 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the South African standard SANS 10162-1:2011

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL NBR 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to the Brazilian standard ABNT NBR 8800:2008

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL HK 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel 2011 (Buildings Department - Hong Kong)

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL Warping Torsion 5.xx

Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3

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

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL Plasticity 5.xx

Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3

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

RFEM Other
RF-STABILITY 5.xx

Add-on Module

Stability analysis according to the eigenvalue method

RSTAB Other
RSBUCK 8.xx

Add-on Module

Stability analysis according to the eigenvalue method

RFEM Other
RF-IMP 5.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of equivalent geometric imperfections and pre-deformed initial structures for nonlinear calculations

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL Fatigue Members 5.xx

Add-on Module

Fatigue design of members and sets of members according to EN 1993-1-9

Stand-Alone Steel Structures
CRANEWAY 8.xx

Stand-Alone Program

Design of crane runway girders according to EN 1993-6 and DIN 4132

RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-PLATE-BUCKLING 5.xx

Add-on Module

Plate buckling analysis of rectangular plates with or without stiffeners

Cross-Sections Thin-Walled
SHAPE-THIN 8.xx

Cross-Section Properties Software

Section properties, stress analysis, and plastic design of open and closed thin-walled cross-sections

RFEM Piping Systems
RF-PIPING 5.xx

Add-on Module

Modeling piping systems

RFEM Piping Systems
RF-PIPING Design 5.xx

Add-on Module

Piping design and pipe stress analysis