Analysis & Design Software for Tensile Membrane Structures

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.

Form-Finding of Membrane Structures

RF‑FORM‑FINDING searches for shapes of membranes and cable structures. The shape is defined by the equilibrium of surface stress (loading prestress) and natural and geometrical boundary reactions. The pre‑deformed model serves as a basis for all further calculations.

Cutting Patterns of Membrane Structures

RF‑CUTTING‑PATTERN generates and organizes cutting patterns for membrane structures. Boundary conditions of the cutting patterns on curved geometry are determined by boundary lines and independent planar cutting lines or geodesic lines. The flattening process is performed according to the minimum energy theory.

More Add-on Modules for Tensile Membrane Structure Designs

For structural analysis and design of tensile membrane structures or their substructures, find more useful add‑on modules under the Steel Structures industry.

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The best I have used

“RFEM is the best I have used. I've have experience with RISA, STAAD, ETABS, Visual Analysis, and others. In the tensile/fabric structure world, I've tried NDN, Forten, Easy, etc. Once you get used to RFEM's interface, it has no comparison to the others. Even with typical structures, it's much easier.”

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