RFEM 5 has been tested and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as a universal structural analysis software for government projects.
Structural Analysis and Design Software for Bridges
The structural analysis software RFEM 6 is the basis of a modular program family. The main program RFEM 6 is used to define structures, materials, and loads of 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.
The structural frame analysis software RSTAB 9 has a similar range of functions as the FEA software RFEM. Due to the special attention to beam, frame, or truss structures, it is very easy to use and for many years, it has been the best choice for structural analysis and design of pure structural member models.
The RWIND 2 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.
The Construction Stages Analysis (CSA) add-on for RFEM 6 allows you to consider the construction process of structures (member, surface, and solid structures). Neglecting the influence of the construction process can lead to errors in the calculation of overall models. With the Construction Stages Analysis (CSA) add-on, you can analyze these influences and consider them up to the point of the structural design.
Depending on the material used, we recommend the add-ons and add-on modules of the Steel Structures, Concrete Structures, and Timber Structures industries for the structural analysis of bridges.
Other useful add-on modules are used to generate moving loads on members and surfaces as well as to determine influence lines and surfaces:
The structural analysis software provided by Dlubal Software can be integrated seamlessly into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. The large number of interfaces ensures the data exchange of digital building models with RFEM or RSTAB.
The web service (programmable interface) can be used to read or write data from/to RFEM and RSTAB.
Wildlife crossing AM2 was built using a construction method for concrete shell structures called Pneumatic Forming of Hardened Concrete (PFHC). This new method was developed by TU Wien in the context of the research project titled "Double Curved Shell Structures"...
Starting in 2018, an architecturally appealing tied-arch bridge will arise in Münster, Germany.
The new road bridge will be built over the Dortmund‑Ems Canal with a span of 220.5 ft.
The S‑shaped pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Neckar river in Germany has a total length of 316 ft and a width of 10 ft. Both foreland areas are bent in the ground plan, whereas the middle part is straight.
The "Walsersteg" bridge connects both banks of the Loisach River in the south of the old town of Wolfratshausen in Germany.
The pylon bridge for pedestrians and cyclists has a width of 9.8 ft and a span width of 150.9 ft.
Skywalk allgäu is a path leading through the treetops of the Allgäu Alps in Southern Germany.
The steel and timber structure of the path about 3,281 ft above sea level consists of cable-stayed and suspension bridge constructions.
One of the world's longest timber bridges is in Anaklia, a climatic spa town on the eastern shore of the Black Sea.
The bridge, with a length of more than 1,640 ft, connects the hotel and port area with a coastal area used for tourism.
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Pylon Bridge Across Agger River, Germany | Designed with RFEM by Schaffitzel+Miebach Faszination Brücken GmbH, Germany | www.schaffitzel-miebach.com
Temporary bridge by Janson Bridging, Netherlands | Designed with RFEM by Janson Bridging, Hank/Netherlands | www.jansonbridging.com
Pylon bridge "Walsersteg" across Loisach river, Germany | Designed with RFEM by Ingenieurbüro Robert Buxbaum, Wolfratshausen/Germany | www.ib-buxbaum.de
Railway Bridge | Designed with RSTAB by Radoslav Dimitrov, Student of Civil Engineering at TU Dresden, Germany
Shuter Street Bridge in Toronto, Canada | Designed with RSTAB by Gartner Steel and Glass GmbH, Germany | www.josef-gartner.de
In SHAPE-THIN 8, the effective cross-section of stiffened buckling panels can be calculated according to EN 1993-1-5, Cl. 4.5.
The critical buckling stress is calculated according to EN 1993-1-5, Annex A.1 for buckling panels with at least 3 longitudinal stiffeners or according to EN 1993-1-5, Annex A.2 for buckling panels with one or two stiffeners in the compression zone. The design for torsional buckling safety is also performed.
- How do I determine wind loads on structures of any shape?
- Is it possible to switch the page layout of the printout report to the format according to Heft 504 (bridge construction)?
- How do I define temperature loads on a composite beam?
- What is the difference between the "Rib" and the "Eccentric Beam" member type?
- How do I activate or start the RF‑/STEEL Warping Torsion add-on module?
- Does RFEM 6 include the combinations for road bridges according to EN 1991‑2?
- How can I display the deformation in the current construction stage and in relation to the initial system in RF‑STAGES?
- I have calculated a box girder. Which surface results or surface stresses can I use to evaluate the buckling behavior of the web plates?
- Is it also possible to specify a cable length in RF‑FORM‑FINDING?
- How is it possible to consider the real cross-section geometry of member elements in RWIND Simulation?
Recommended for Bridge Structures
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
Structural engineering software for designing frame, beam, and truss structures, as well as performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions
Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)
Linear and nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete members with reinforcement concept
Stress analysis of steel surfaces and members
Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3
Timber design according to Eurocode 5, SIA 265, and/or DIN 1052
Consideration of construction stages during a building phase
Generation of load cases from moving loads for members and sets of members
Generation of load cases from moving loads for surfaces
Generation of influence lines and surfaces due to constant internal forces