Structural Engineering Software for Pneumatic Structures

Structural Engineering Software for Pneumatic Structures

The structural analysis software RFEM includes form-finding, structural analysis, and cutting patterns for pneumatic structures (for example, air-supported canopies, pneumatically prestressed roofs, air-inflated structures, pneumatic cushions, foil cushions, and so on).

The calculation is performed according to a large deformation analysis.

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.

Wind Simulation & Wind Load Generation

The RWIND Simulation stand-alone program is recommended for complex structures. This program simulates wind flows around any structures by means of a digital wind tunnel.

The generated wind loads acting on these objects can be imported to RFEM or RSTAB.

Form-Finding of Membrane Structures

RF‑FORM‑FINDING searches for shapes of structures subjected to tension or compression, such as membrane and cable structures. The shape is calculated by the equilibrium between the surface stress (specified prestress and additional load such as self‑weight, pressure, etc.) and the given boundary requirements. The prestressed model is afterwards used as the initial state for all subsequent 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 cutting lines. The flattening process is performed according to the minimum energy theory.

Consideration of Nonlinear Material Laws

The RF-MAT NL add-on module allows for consideration of nonlinear material behavior in RFEM.

It offers the option to couple surfaces with the stiffness types "Membrane" and "Membrane-Orthotropic" with the material models "Isotropic nonlinear elastic 2D/3D" and "Isotropic plastic 2D/3D" (RF-MAT-NL add-on module required). This functionality enables the simulation of the nonlinear strain behavior of, for example, ETFE foils.

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 as well as Aluminium and Light-Weight Structures industry.

Interfaces for Data Exchange

The structural analysis software provided by Dlubal can be seamlessly integrated into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. A variety of interfaces allows you to exchange data from digital building models with RFEM or RSTAB.

Support and Learning

Customer service is one of the fundamental pillars of the Dlubal Software company philosophy. We also offer you all the support you need for your daily work.

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Doctoral Thesis on Membrane Structure Design According to FEA

This PhD thesis by Rostislav Lang deals with the design and analysis of membrane structures using FEA software.

Versatile Software and Great Service

"ACS Production chose RFEM in order to have a versatile software that allows us to design our tensile membranes alongside our steel, timber, or aluminum structures in a single user environment.

The software’s capabilities and user-friendly interface are a real advantage over the competition. What’s more, the customer support’s dedication, modernness, responsiveness, and skillset ensure that each and every one of our projects is properly realized."

CSA S16: 19 Steel design in RFEM

CSA S16:19 Steel Design in RFEM

Webinar 10 March 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Online Training | English

Eurocode 5 | Timber structures according to EN 1995-1-1

Online Training 17 March 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CET

Online Training | English

Eurocode 3 | Steel structures according to DIN EN 1993-1-1

Online Training 18 March 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM CET

Online Training | English

RFEM | Dynamics | USA

Online Training 23 March 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Plate and Shell Buckling Utilizing Dlubal Software

Plate and Shell Buckling Utilizing Dlubal Software

Webinar 30 March 2021 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

RFEM for Students | USA

Online Training 21 April 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

RFEM | Timber | USA

Online Training 5 May 2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Online Training | English

Eurocode 3 | Steel structures according to DIN EN 1993-1-1

Online Training 6 May 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online Training | English

Eurocode 2 | Concrete structures according to DIN EN 1992-1-1

Online Training 11 May 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online Training | English

Eurocode 5 | Timber structures according to DIN EN 1995-1-1

Online Training 20 May 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online Training | English

RFEM | Structural dynamics and earthquake design according to EC 8

Online Training 2 June 2021 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Online-Schulungen | English

RFEM | Basics | USA

Online Training 17 June 2021 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

The Most Common User Errors With RFEM and RSTAB

The Most Common User Errors With RFEM and RSTAB

Webinar 4 February 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CET

Member design according to ADM 2020 in RFEM

ADM 2020 Member Design in RFEM

Webinar 19 January 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Dlubal Info Day

Dlubal Info Day Online | 15 December 2020

Webinar 15 December 2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CET

Stability Design in Steel Construction with RFEM and RSTAB

Stability Design in Steel Construction with RFEM and RSTAB

Webinar 1 December 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CET

FEM - Troubleshooting and Optimization in RFEM

FEA Troubleshooting and Optimization in RFEM

Webinar 11 November 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Soil-Structure Interaction in RFEM

Soil-Structure Interaction in RFEM

Webinar 27 October 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CET

NBC 2015 Modal Response Spectrum Analysis in RFEM

Webinar 30 September 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Documenting Results in the RFEM Printout Report

Documenting Results in the RFEM Printout Report

Webinar 25 August 2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

ACI 318-19 Concrete Design in RFEM

Webinar 20 August 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

How to Be More Productive Using RFEM

How to Be More Productive Using RFEM

Webinar 7 July 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Introduction to Solid Modeling \n in RFEM

Introduction to Solid Modeling in RFEM

Webinar 30 June 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Modeling with Solids in RFEM

Modeling with Solids in RFEM

Webinar 9 June 2020 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

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

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RFEM Tensile Membrane Structures
RF-FORM-FINDING 5.xx

Add-on Module

Form-finding of tensile membrane and cable structures

Price of First License
1,750.00 USD
RFEM Tensile Membrane Structures
RF-CUTTING-PATTERN 5.xx

Add-on Module

Generation of cutting patterns for tensile membrane structures

Price of First License
2,240.00 USD
RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL EC3 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD
RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-STEEL Warping Torsion 5.xx

Module Extension for RF-STEEL EC3 and RF-STEEL AISC

Warping torsion analysis according to the second-order theory with 7 degrees of freedom

Price of First License
850.00 USD
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

Price of First License
850.00 USD
RFEM Steel and Aluminium Structures
RF-ALUMINUM 5.xx

Add-on Module

Design of aluminium members according to Eurocode 9

Price of First License
1,480.00 USD