Analysis & Design Software for Renewable Energy 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.

Analysis & Design of Frame/Beam/Truss Structures

Structural frame analysis and design software RSTAB determines internal forces, deformations and support reactions. For subsequent design, the add‑on modules are available considering structural conditions of specific materials and standards. Due to the modular concept of the software, you can combine the programs to meet your individual requirements.

Add-on Modules for Renewable Energy Structure Designs

For structural analysis and design of renewable energy structures (for example solar power plants, photovoltaic plants, wind power plants, hydroelectric power plants, biogas plants), find more useful add-on modules under the Steel Structures industry.

If there are masts used as a substructure for the renewable energy structures, we recommend the add-on modules of the Towers and Masts industry.

Knowledge Base | Renewable Energy Structures

  1. Determining and Using Effective Lengths

    Determining and Using Effective Lengths

    The RF‑STABILITY and RSBUCK add‑on modules for RFEM and RSTAB allows you to perform eigenvalue analysis for frame structures in order to determine critical load factors including the buckling modes. It is possible to determine several buckling modes. They provide information about the model areas bearing stability risks.

More Useful Features and Technical Articles

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 Towers and Masts
RF-TOWER Structure 5.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of geometrically complex 3D tower structures such as lattice towers and radio masts

RFEM Towers and Masts
RF-TOWER Equipment 5.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of equipment for lattice towers of mobile operators

RFEM Towers and Masts
RF-TOWER Loading 5.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of wind, ice and variable loads for lattice towers

RFEM Towers and Masts
RF-TOWER Effective Lengths 5.xx

Add-on Module

Determination of effective lengths for lattice towers

RFEM Towers and Masts
RF-TOWER Design 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of triangular and quadrilateral lattice towers according to European standards

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

RSTAB Steel and Aluminium Structures
STEEL 8.xx

Add-on Module

Stress analysis of steel members

RSTAB Steel and Aluminium Structures
STEEL EC3 8.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3

RSTAB Towers and Masts
TOWER Structure 8.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of geometrically complex 3D tower structures such as lattice towers and radio masts

RSTAB Towers and Masts
TOWER Equipment 8.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of equipment for lattice towers of mobile operators

RSTAB Towers and Masts
TOWER Loading 8.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of wind, ice and variable loads for lattice towers

RSTAB Towers and Masts
TOWER Effective Lengths 8.xx

Add-on Module

Determination of effective lengths for lattice towers

RSTAB Towers and Masts
TOWER Design 8.xx

Add-on Module

Design of triangular and quadrilateral lattice towers according to European standards