Is it possible to design a model with a pile foundation in RFEM?


Yes, it is possible.

You can enter a pile foundation to a structural model in RFEM.
Thus, the effects of the foundation stiffness on the actual structure can be simulated very well.

However, please note that Dlubal Software currently provides no solutions for the design of pile foundations.
This also means that the pile resistance must be known to the user in advance. It cannot be calculated in RFEM, for example, by defining a soil structure.

The piles can be designed as beams by using a circular cross-section, for example.
The resistance of the piles can be modeled by entering a member elastic foundation or a nodal support at the pile end.

Subsequently, the design of the beam can be performed in the RF‑CONCRETE Members add-on module. However, please note that RF‑CONCRETE Members only covers the standards relevant for the structures above ground level. That is, for example, DIN EN 1992‑1‑1.


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