Is it possible to design timber structures in RFEM or RSTAB?


Both RFEM and RSTAB are ideally suited for the structural analysis and design of timber structures .

Main Programs RFEM or RSTAB
The main programs RFEM or RSTAB are used to define structures, materials, and actions. In addition to the option to create spatial frame and truss structures, such as halls, RFEM also allows for plate, wall, and shell structures, and thus provides a more versatile option. It pays off if it is necessary to also carry out design in other areas, such as solid construction.

The RF-LAMINATE add-on module is only available for RFEM.

For both programs, Eurocode 5 with numerous National Annexes and other international standards are available.

Available Standards
  • RF-/TIMBER Pro - Eurocode 5 for stress analysis, stability analysis, serviceability limit state design, and fire resistance design according to EC 5 or the Swiss standard SIA 265

  • RF-/TIMBER AWC - American Standard ANSI/AWC NDS-2018 for ultimate limit state design, serviceability limit state design, and fire resistance design

  • RF-/TIMBER CSA - Canadian timber standard CSA O86‑09 and CSA O86‑14 for ultimate limit state design, serviceability limit state design, and fire resistance design

  • RF-/TIMBER NBR - Brazilian timber standard for ultimate and serviceability limit state designs

Other Add-on Modules
  • RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber
    Design of indirect timber connections according to Eurocode 5 or ANSI/AWC NDS 2018.
  • RF-/JOINTS Timber - Timber to Timber
    Design of direct timber connections with slant screws
    Among other things, it analyzes the load-bearing capacity of members, member ends, nodes, nodal supports, and surfaces. Furthermore, the library includes various fasteners by Würth SHIGA, Sherpa, Simpson StrongTie, and so on, as well as the ultimate load-bearing capacity for timber beams by Steico and Metsä Wood.
Only in Connection with RFEM:

RF-LAMINATE - Stress and deflection analysis of laminate surfaces

RX-TIMBER allows for design of timber structures without using RFEM or RSTAB.

If you have any question about the Dlubal Software programs and services, please do not hesitate to contact our sales department.


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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