Structural Glass Analysis and Design Software
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.
Use the stand-alone program RWIND Simulation 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.
RF-GLASS calculates deformation and stresses of any formed and curved glass surfaces. It is possible to create all glazing types in the module, not only single layer glass, but also laminated and insulating glass.
There is an extensive material library available, including all common types of glass, foil, and gas.
Designs are performed according to the following standards:
- DIN 18008:2010-12
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.
A remarkable free‑form roof structure was built at the Xujiahui Commercial Center in Shanghai, China, and inaugurated in June 2017.
It serves as a skylight in the indoor area of the shopping center, and as a canopy in the outdoor area.
The signature feature of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City is the glazed atrium that connects the main entry to both performance venues. The glass facade and the glass skylight are supported entirely by the cable structure. The design was conceived as a cello’s strings.
Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, contains the largest collection of Dalí’s artwork outside Spain.
The architectural highlight is the "Enigma," a glazed atrium that drapes over the side of the boxy reinforced concrete building.
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3D model of the steel structure with the results of structural design according to GB 50017-2003 in RSTAB (© Novum Structures LLC)
If the check box "Number of load increments" is deactivated, the number of load increments will be determined automatically in RFEM to solve nonlinear tasks efficiently.
The used method is based on a heuristic algorithm.
- Is it possible to analyze panes of insulated glass without climatic load for check purposes?
- What is the difference between RSTAB and RFEM?
- Which stresses are most important for glass design consideration when using RF-GLASS?
- Where can I find the details of a layer composition in the RF‑GLASS add-on module?
- I would like to design a glass pane with temperature loads. In this case, a message appears saying that the load case includes the "temperature" surface loads types that are not transferred to the created temporary model. How can I consider the temperature loads?
- Is it possible to design a spherically curved glass pane in RF‑GLASS?
- In the calculation parameters of a load case or load combination, it is possible to activate various stiffness factors. What exactly is behind this?
- Are there any programs or add-on modules specially developed for glass structures?
- When calculating a curved surface in RF‑GLASS, I get a message saying that the surface has more than 4 boundary lines and thus no layered FE mesh can be used. How can I avoid this message?
- My aim is to mesh a circular hole plate in a mapped way. Is such a meshing possible in RFEM?
Associated Products for Glass 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
Design of single-layer, laminated and insulating glass