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 membrane and cable structures. The shape is calculated by the equilibrium of forces (specified prestress and additional load such as self‑weight, pressure, etc.), and given boundary requirements. The new prestressed shape is afterwards used as the initial state for subsequent geometrically nonlinear static analysis.

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 cutting 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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Product Video: Add-on Modules RF-FORM-FINDING & RF-CUTTING-PATTERN

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