Analysis & Design Software for Silos and Storage Tanks

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.

Add-on Modules for Silo and Storage Tank Designs

For structural analysis and design of silos and storage tanks, find more useful add‑on modules under the Steel Structures industry.

Knowledge Base | Silos and Storage Tanks

  1. 1 - Silo Forms Showing Dimensions and Pressure Notation

    Actions on Silos According to EN 1991-4

    Silos are used as large containers for storing bulk materials such as agricultural products or source materials as well as intermediates of industrial production. Structural engineering of such structures requires a precise knowledge of the stresses due to particulate solids in the building structure. The standard EN 1991‑4 ‘Actions on Silos and Tanks’ [1] provides general principles and requirements for determining these actions.

  2. Figure 01 - Layout and Dimensions of Cement Silo

    Loads on Silo Hopper According to EN 1991-4

    My previous article describes actions on silos according to EN 1991-4. With an example of a free standing cylindrical silo for cement with a conical hopper, filling loads of the silo hopper were calculated.

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

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 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

RFEM Other
RF-IMP 5.xx

Add-on Module

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