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AnswerThe RF-/JOINTS add-on module is divided into several joint groups. For this, see the following FAQ.Therefore, there is no straightforward answer to the special aspects of the design as in this FAQ.In contrast to the RF‑/TIMBER Pro add-on module described in the mentioned FAQ, however, it is obvious that the RF‑/JOINTS add-on modules cannot design EC2, even if manually changing the LDC, for example in the RF‑/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber add-on module (see Figure 01).Furthermore, this also applies to the add‑on modules RF‑GLASS and RF‑/CONCRETE NL.The reason for this is that there are stiffnesses exported in the program in the case of some joint groups of the RF‑/JOINTS add‑on module. For nonlinear calculations, the superposition with result combinations is not allowed. In the case of the second result combination mentioned above, there is the special feature that the superposition is no longer conservative, even in the case of simple structures. The design cannot be also performed correctly by manually changing the LDC.Nevertheless, if a result combination should be superimposed with constant and alternative additive, it is necessary to split EC2 in the attached file into load combinations as follows.
- RC2*=CO1 or CO2
AnswerTo define a dowel connection, the add-on module requires a minimum member length. This is 42cm. If a member is shorter, the text "Member Is Too Short" appears in the "1.2 Nodes and Members" window (see Figure 01). Often, however, the structural component is interrupted by intermediate nodes and consists of several members. In such cases, the structural component can remain as a member in RFEM and the nodes can be used with the function "Create Node 'On Line'" (see Figure 02). In this case, the member is not divided. All members connected to these nodes are then connected with each other, even if the member is not divided. As an alternative, it is possible to use the 'Divide Member' function with the option 'Place New Node on the Line Without Dividing It' (see Figure 03).
AnswerThe design of wood joints with pin-shaped fasteners is currently limited to steel-wood joints according to Chapter 8.2.3. Pure wood-wood compounds on shear under consideration of the Johansen theory are therefore currently not possible. Direct wood-wood connections by means of full-thread screws are possible with the module RF- / JOINTS wood - wood to wood with which main secondary beam connections can be calculated.
In the RF‑/JOINTS add-on module, you can export result graphics as DXF files. The corresponding button is below the graphic in Window 4.1 (see Figure 01).
After you click the button, the Windows dialog box 'Save as' appears where you can enter the name and the file path of the DXF file.
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Wind Simulation & Wind Load Generation
With the stand-alone program RWIND Simulation, wind flows around simple or complex structures can be simulated by means of a digital wind tunnel.
The generated wind loads acting on these objects can be imported to RFEM or RSTAB.
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