Other Project Types
Structural Analysis Software for Other Industries
RFEM and RSTAB are the ideal structural analysis solution for many other industries, such as:
- Temporary Structures
- Aluminium and Lightweight Structures
- Scaffolding and Rack Structures
- Offshore Structures
- Silos and Storage Tanks
- Renewable Energy Structures
- Shipbuilding and Floating Bodies
- Conveyor Structures
- Drilling Structures
- Swimming Pools, Water Parks, and Lidos
- Container Structures
The RFEM and RSTAB programs represent an ideal tool for analysis and design of temporary structures. Temporary structures are technical facilities built for a certain time period and then dismantled. These facilities, and especially fairground rides, are subjected to special legal test specifications, as they must satisfy certain structural and constructional requirements ensuring their safe operation.
Temporary structures include for example:
- Ferris wheels
- Roller coasters
- Concert stages
- Platform systems for events (incl. rigging)
- Supporting structures for event technology
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 more. The design is carried out according to Eurocode 9 including multiple National Annexes or the American standard ADM 2015 and ADM 2010.
For cable and membrane structures, the initial shape can be found and the relevant designs performed.
The structural engineering programs RFEM and RSTAB are suited very well for structural analysis of ships or ship components (for example ship cranes, masts, hulls, pulleys). It is also possible to consider nonlinearities such as cables and to perform dynamic, stability, and buckling analyses. Moreover, it is possible to model and design shipping containers in RFEM.
Furthermore, it is possible to design floating bodies, such as pontoons, floating jetties, inflatable islands, special rafts, floating houses, houseboats, dredgers, floating cranes, et cetera.
Buildings made of reinforced concrete, steel and timber can be subjected to static and dynamic calculations and designs in the structural analysis programs RFEM and RSTAB.
The corresponding add-on modules can perform the ultimate and serviceability limit state design as well as fire resistance design and stability analysis.
In RFEM and RSTAB, the design of scaffolding and racks considers various member and release nonlinearities such as yielding, tearing, slippage, and others. In addition, it is possible to define special scaffolding supports in RFEM.
The analysis and design of offshore structures such as drilling platforms, wind power plants, research platforms, and many others, applies many features of RFEM and RSTAB.
These features include the design of structures consisting of several materials, dynamic analysis, stability and buckling analysis, fatigue designs, generation of loads due to rotation (RFEM), and other functions.
RFEM in particular is suited for the design of silos and storage tanks. The useful features facilitate the analysis. Among other things, these features include application of loads varying along a perimeter and in the Z-direction, seismic analysis, shell buckling design, and many others.
For structural analysis and design of renewable energy structures (solar power plants, photovoltaic plants, wind power plants, hydroelectric power plants, biogas plants, etc.), many Dlubal Software customers rely on RFEM and RSTAB.
There are many useful features in RFEM and RSTAB for the design of solar plants: automatic load generation, creation of special profile cross-sections, connection to the COM interface, generation of load combinations to consider different inclination angles of solar cells, and many others.
For conveyor structures, RFEM and RSTAB provide various elements such as cables, pulleys, friction supports, and more. In addition, it is possible to model structural components such as surfaces and solids in RFEM in order to perform detailed analysis.
For drilling structures, RFEM and RSTAB provide several useful features such as dynamic analysis, stability and buckling analysis, fatigue design, generation of load combinations to consider different operating conditions, and many others.
RFEM and RSTAB are suited for structural analysis of swimming pools, water parks, lidos, etc.
For example, it is possible to perform structural analysis and design of hall structures, water slide substructures, swimming pools, and their foundations.
With the FEA Software RFEM, it is possible to perform the structural analysis and design of containers (shipping containers, office containers, mobile homes, etc.).
RFEM offers member, surface and solid elements for detailed modelling. All components can be designed in the corresponding add-on modules.
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