Stability Analysis with Torsion

When performing steel design in RFEM 6 or RSTAB 9, I get a warning that the torsion is neglected in the stability design checks. What is the reason for this, and how can I get around the warning message?


In the standards, no torsion is taken into account in the stability analysis for the equivalent member method or the general method. The warning message is a reminder to the user of this fact.

First of all, the magnitude of the torsional stress or moments should be analyzed. Very small torsional moments in the members to be designed often prevent certain design formats. In order to neglect them and suppress the warning, you can change the limit values in the Ultimate Configuration. There is no normative basis for this limit value and therefore, no general specification. Find more information here:
Neglecting Torsion

In the case of open cross-sections, it can generally be assumed that the acting torsional moments are not transferred by primary torsion, but by secondary (warping) torsion. In RFEM 6 and RSTAB 9, the internal forces are initially only determined with six degrees of freedom without considering warping. For small acting torsional moments, it seems obvious to neglect the torsional stresses in the design. For large torsional moments, however, a calculation should be carried out with seven degrees of freedom in order to also consider the influence of the warping moment and the secondary torsional shear stresses. For this, you can use the Torsional Warping (7 DOF) for RFEM 6 / RSTAB 9 add-on, for example.


Mr. Rehm is responsible for developing products for timber structures, and he provides technical support for customers.