How can I simulate a stiffening pane in RSTAB?


The modeling of planar structural components such as glass panes is generally only possible in RFEM.

If it is necessary to define the stiffening effect of a pane in a particular case, it can also be simulated in RSTAB.

Figure 1 shows a frame that is assumed to be stiffened by a plate.

Figure 01 - Frame To Be Stiffened

Since members in RSTAB are the only possible structural components, the plate is simulated by means of members.

First, you have to decide, where the frame should be supported. The nodes have to be inserted just there. To insert nodes, it is recommended to equally divide the respective members with the function 'Divide Member' (right-click the member -> 'Divide Member'). To simulate a stiffening rigid pane, it is now possible to model a framework consisting of rigid members/couplings.

Figure 02 - Stiffened Frame


Stiffening Surface Pane Modeling


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