In the first step, the iteration process uses an arbitrary start value for the unknown variable and solves the terms on the left and the right side of the equation. If the equation is not fulfilled, the process repeats with a modified start value. This iterative process continues until the equation is fulfilled. In this case, we talk about convergence and the last used variable value is the solution.
The accuracy of this procedure depends on the variables used. This means that it is usually necessary to perform a lot of iteration steps to find the exact solution. If a solution with the reduced accuracy is sufficient, the convergence of the iteration is related to a tolerance criterion. In this case, a new iteration is only started if the difference between the terms of the left and the right side of the equation is greater than the defined tolerance criterion.
Iterative Processes in Structural Analysis
- Determination of internal forces on a deformed system (second-order analysis)
- Simulation of nonlinear material properties (plasticity)
- Determination of contact stresses between two bodies positively connected to each other
Iteration in RFEM and RSTAB
In RFEM and RSTAB, the criteria and maximum iterations for nonlinear calculations are organized under 'Calculation' → 'Calculation Parameters' in the 'Global Calculation Parameters' tab.
You can make various settings in order to achieve a clearly‑arranged display of the result values. For example, some users may not want the white background in text bubbles. You can adjust the background in ‘Display Properties’ using the option Transparent and Background color.
SHAPE-THIN determines the effective cross-sections according to EN 1993-1-3 and EN 1993-1-5 for cold-formed sections. You can optionally check the geometric conditions for the applicability of the standard specified in EN 1993‑1‑3, Section 5.2.
The effects of local plate buckling are considered according to the method of reduced widths and the possible buckling of stiffeners (instability) is considered for stiffened sections according to EN 1993-1-3, Section 5.5.
As an option, you can perform an iterative calculation to optimize the effective cross-section.
You can display the effective cross-sections graphically.
Read more about designing cold-formed sections with SHAPE-THIN and RF-/STEEL Cold-Formed Sections in this technical article: Design of a Thin-Walled, Cold-Formed C-Section According to EN 1993-1-3.
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