Is it also possible to simulate an external steel structure in RWIND Simulation?

Answer

Yes, it is; the RWIND Simulation program is designed universally and can implement any model of RFEM or RSTAB.

Figure 03 - RFEM Model

For a steel structure consisting of pure member elements, the program creates a coherent, voluminous envelope of member surfaces for the numerical wind tunnel. The result of this modeling for the simulation depends on the available cross-sections and the mesh settings. Due to the wind flow, the corresponding surface pressures result on this surface layer.

Figure 02 - Surface Pressure on OpenFOAM Mesh

After the wind flow analysis, the program summarizes the surface pressures of the member units, and gives back the corresponding equivalent load (single, uniform, or trapezoidal) for each member axis.

Figure 04 - Options for Member Load Distribution

These loads are applied in RFEM or RSTAB for the further calculation of internal forces.

Figure 05 - Equivalent Load from RWIND Simulation

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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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Stand-alone program for numerical simulations of wind flow around buildings or any other objects. The generated wind loads acting on these objects can be imported into RFEM / RSTAB programs for static and dynamic analysis.

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