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Online Training | RFEM for Students
First Steps with RFEM
This free online training for students about RFEM shows important features and modeling options by using practical examples.
This recording was created on Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020.
00:03:15 Basic principles of FEA
00:10:19 Introduction to RFEM
00:24:46 Introduction example: continuous plate
01:29:59 Plate theory
01:52:48 Stability analysis: Euler Case 1
02:31:58 Moment frame
02:40:56 Concrete model
02:52:54 Questions and discussion
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The material model Orthotropic Masonry 2D is an elastoplastic model that additionally allows softening of the material, which can be different in the local x- and y-direction of a surface. The material model is suitable for (unreinforced) masonry walls with in-plane loads.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Which bending theory should be used for the calculation of plates and shells - Kirchhoff or Mindlin?
In my model, I get different results than with a manual calculation and other software.What could be the reason?
- What is the critical load factor and how is it possible to determine it?
- How can I get the member end forces to design the connections?
- Is it possible to calculate and design "temporary structures"? What do I need for this?
- How can I perform the design of the tension resistance of a smooth column in a smooth bucket column base, that is, the design against pulling out the column?
- How can I create a drilled beam in RFEM?
- I often edit the reinforcement provided by the program. Adjusting the reinforcement by using coordinates takes much effort and time if having several beams in the model. Is there any way to speed up the reinforcement editing?
- In the RF‑/STEEL EC3 add-on module, I obtain an extremely high design ratio for a member in the case of "Biaxial bending, shear and axial force." Although the axial force is relatively high, the design ratio seems to be unrealistic. What is the reason?
- For which programs is the STEEL Warping Torsion add-on module available?