Is it possible to perform stability analyses on reinforced concrete structures by means of RF‑STABILITY?


Since concrete has a nonlinear material behavior that can only be simulated with the CONCRETE NL module, it is not possible to analyze it by using the RF‑STABILITY add-on module.

The use of another material model such as isotropic linear elastic or isotropic plastic would not represent the crack formation correctly, and the results are therefore not usable.

The stability analysis on columns can be performed with RF‑CONCRETE Columns or RF‑CONCRETE NL. You can find a small example under Downloads.

This example includes the design of a column by the RF‑CONCRETE Columns add-on module. Make sure that the calculation of the internal forces in RFEM is performed according to the geometrically linear analysis and that no imperfections are required because the method used in the add-on module takes them into account.

The example also includes the design with RF‑CONCRETE NL. Here, it is also necessary to calculate according to the second-order analysis and it requires the imperfections in the form of inclinations. For better comparability, the layout of the longitudinal reinforcement was aligned with the result from RF‑CONCRETE Columns, as shown in Figure 01 and Figure 02. Since the reinforcement is optimized by the module after a new calculation, the desired reinforcement was saved as a template (see the red arrow).


Stability Buckling Column Concrete Reinforced concrete


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RFEM Main Program
RFEM 5.xx

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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

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Stability analysis according to the eigenvalue method

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