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Which programs and modules are suitable for the calculation and design of steel structures?


Both RFEM and RSTAB are suitable as a solution. Numerous European and international standards as well as various add-on modules are available for both programs, which will facilitate the daily work in steel structures .

Basic programs RFEM or RSTAB
Structures, materials, and actions are defined in the basic programs RFEM or RSTAB. In addition to creating spatial frame structures, for example, halls, RFEM also provides plates, plate and shell structures, making it a more versatile option. This pays off if it is also to be designed in other disciplines, such as solid construction.

Available standards
  • EN 1993-1-1 (Eurocode 3),
  • AISC according to ANSI / AISC 360 (US standard),
  • SIA according to SIA 263: 2013 (Swiss standard),
  • IS according to IS 800: 2007 (Indian Standard),
  • BS according to BS 5950-1: 2000 (British Standard) or BS EN 1993-1-1 (British Annex),
  • GB according to GB 50017-2003 (Chinese standard),
  • CSA according to CSA S16-09 and CSA S16-14 (Canadian standard),
  • AS according to AS 4100-1998 + Annex 1 - 1999 (Australian Standard),
  • NTC-DF according to NTC-RCDF (2004) (Mexican standard),
  • SP according to SP 16.13330.2011 (Russian standard),
  • SANS according to SANS 10162-1: 2011 (South African standard),
  • NBR according to ABNT NBR 8800: 2008 (Brazilian standard),
  • HK according to the standard for steel structures 2011 (Buildings Department - Hong Kong)
  • RF- / STEEL - General Stress Checks
Add-on Modules for Structural Steelwork

Add-on modules supplement the functionality of the basic programs. With RF- / STEEL EC3, for example, you perform the design according to Eurocode 3 for the structure. The add-on module RF-STEEL Warping Torsion supplements this design according to Eurocode 3 with lateral-torsional buckling designs with up to 7 degrees of freedom, if it is not a standard case of EC3.

Other more specialized applications such as the plastic design, the stability analysis according to the eigenvalue method or the generation of geometric equivalent imperfections and pre-deformed equivalent models are available. Single modules such as PLATE-BUCKLING support you in the design of rigid or stiffened plates. With the SHAPE-THIN add-on module, you can create any thin-walled cross-sections. The cross-section properties are determined and stress analyzes or plastic designs can be performed.

Use the RF-JOINTS add-on modules to design hingeable or rigid connections.

The CRANWAY one-way application is available for the design of crane runways.

Dynamic Analysis

If earthquake calculations or vibration analyzes are necessary for the building, the RF- / DYNAM Pro add-on modules provide suitable tools for determining natural frequencies and shapes, analysis of forced vibrations, generation of equivalent loads, or for the nonlinear time history analysis.

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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

Main Program

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

Price of First License
3,540.00 USD
RSTAB Main Program
RSTAB 8.xx

Main Program

The structural engineering software for design of frame, beam and truss structures, performing linear and nonlinear calculations of internal forces, deformations, and support reactions

Price of First License
2,550.00 USD