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Yes, it is.
The crosssection created in SHAPE‑THIN 9 (file extension *.du9) should be opened and saved as SHAPE‑THIN 8 crosssection (file extension *.du8) in SHAPE‑THIN 8.In order to open the crosssection in SHAPE‑THIN&nbso;8, set the file type to "All Files."
Figure 03  Opening SHAPETHIN 9 CrossSection in SHAPETHIN 8
Now, you can normally save this crosssection as a SHAPE‑THIN 8 crosssection, and also open it in the previous program versions.

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RF/ALUMINUM checks the symmetry of general crosssections and compares them with the SHAPETHIN evaluation if activating the "Determine symmetry by module and compare with SHAPE‑THIN definition" check box (Figure 01).
Figure 01  Dialog Box Details, Check Box Symmetry
If both methods provide different results, the corresponding error message appears (Figure 02).
Usually, there are small inaccuracies in the SHAPE‑THIN crosssection. Thus, the crosssection Sec‑1.du9 shown in Figure 03 is not absolutely symmetrical to the Z‑axis: The Z‑coordinates of Node 1 and Node 4 as well as Node 55 and Node 60 do not match in the second decimal place.
Figure 03  Different ZCoordinates of CrossSection
SHAPE‑THIN classifies the crosssection as asymmetrical, but RF‑/ALUMINUM as monosymmetric to the z‑axis, so the error message shown in Figure 02 appears.
The SHAPE‑THIN crosssection should be checked for symmetry. When modeling in SHAPE‑THIN, it is useful to only display one side of the crosssection and to create the other half by mirroring. This is also shown in the video.

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If the crosssection consists of several unconnected partial sections, the sum of the moments of inertia is calculated without the parallel axis theorem components. The crosssection shown in Figure 01 consists of two angle sections that are not connected to each other.
Figure 01  CrossSection Consisting of Several Unconnected Partial Sections
The individual angle sections have the following moments of inertia:
I_{y,1,2} = 180.39 cm^{4} (referred to the centroidal axes y, z)
I_{z,1,2} = 65.05 cm^{4} (referred to the centroidal axes y, z)
The moments of inertia of the entire crosssection result in:
I_{y,1+2} = 2 ⋅ I_{y,1,2} = 2 ⋅ 180.39 = 360.78 cm^{4} (referred to the centroidal axes y, z)
I_{z,1+2} = 2 ⋅ I_{z,1,2} = 2 ⋅ 65.05 = 130.11 cm^{4} (referred to the centroidal axes y, z)
If the crosssection consists of several connected partial sections, the sum of the moments of inertia is calculated with the parallel axis theorem components. The crosssection shown in Figure 02 consists of two connected angle sections.
Figure 02  CrossSection Consisting of Several Connected Partial Sections
The individual angle sections have the following crosssection properties:
A_{1,2} = 16.25 cm²
y_{S,0,1,2} = ±2.30 cm (referred to the zero point)
z_{S,0,1,2} = 3.07 cm (referred to the zero point)
I_{y,1,2} = 180.39 cm^{4} (referred to the centroid axes y, z)
I_{z,1,2} = 65.05 cm^{4} (referred to the centroid axes y, z)
The crosssection properties of the entire crosssection result in:
y_{S,0,1+2} = 0.00 cm (referred to the zero point)
z_{S,0,1+2} = 3.07 cm (referred to the zero point)
I_{y,1+2} = 2 ⋅ I_{y,1,2} + 2 ⋅ A_{1,2} ⋅ (z_{S,0,1,2}  z_{S,0,1+2})²
I_{y,1+2} = 2 ⋅ 180.39 + 2 ⋅ 16.25 ⋅ (3.07  3.07)² = 360.78 cm^{4} (referred to the centroidal axes y, z)
I_{z,1+2} = 2 ⋅ I_{z,1,2} + 2 ⋅ A_{1,2} ⋅ (y_{S,0,1,2}  y_{S,0,1+2})²
I_{z,1+2} = 2 ⋅ 65.05 + 2 ⋅ 16.25 ⋅ (2.30  0.00)² = 301.46 cm^{4} (referred to the centroidal axes y, z)

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The "Simulate and Generate Wind Loads" interface application allows you to exchange member, surface, and solid elements in RFEM, and member elements in RSTAB.
To avoid too fine mesh and thus too long calculation time, the program simulates all members with a rectangular crosssection by default. In this case, the size of the rectangular crosssection is selected in such a way that it barely includes the real crosssection geometry.
Figure 02  Pressure Distribution Around Simplified (Optimized) CrossSection Geometry
By deactivating the "Export optimized member topology" option, you can avoid this additional optimization of the model and allow consideration of the real crosssection geometry within the existing crosssection settings.
Figure 01  Pressure Distribution Around Real CrossSection Geometry
If the exact display of the crosssection geometry requires more than 1,000,000 elements, the interface automatically switches to the simplified rectangular crosssection display.

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The shear area is calculated as follows:
${\mathrm A}_{\mathrm y}\;=\;\frac{{\mathrm I}_{\mathrm z}^2}{\int_{\mathrm A^\ast}\left({\displaystyle\frac{{\mathrm S}_{\mathrm z}}{\mathrm t^\ast}}\right)^2\operatorname d\mathrm A^\ast}$
${\mathrm A}_{\mathrm z}\;=\;\frac{{\mathrm I}_{\mathrm y}^2}{\int_{\mathrm A^\ast}\left({\displaystyle\frac{{\mathrm S}_{\mathrm y}}{\mathrm t^\ast}}\right)^2\operatorname d\mathrm A^\ast}$
where
I_{z} or I_{y}is the second moment of area in relation to the axis z or y, S_{z} or S_{y} is the first moment of area in relation to the axis z or y, t* is the effective element thickness for the shear transfer, A*
is the surface area based on the effective shear thickness t*.
The effective element thickness for the shear transfer t* has a significant influence on the shear area. Therefore, the defined effective element thickness for the shear transfer t* (Figure 01) of the elements should be checked.

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By using the FE mesh refinement, the program allows you to create a mapped FE mesh. The automatic FE mesh generator can thus be controlled to a certain extent. However, a specified mesh geometry cannot be set. 
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In the "c/tParts and Effective CrossSection" tab of the "Calculation Parameters" dialog box, you can define the settings for the automatic creation of c/tparts.
It is also possible to specify an angle from which a support should be created between two elements. In case that the angle for connection of elements is smaller, they are considered as an interconnected c/tpart. Stiffeners (longitudinal ribs, slopes (lips), or bulges, and so on) are not recognized by the program during the automatic generation of the c/tparts. The c/tparts have to be adjusted manually. You can make the changes in Table "1.7 Notional Flat Widths  EN 1993‑1‑3" or in the "Edit Notional Flat Width" dialog box.
The check box for Element is "significant" controls whether a curved element is considered as a c/tpart. If the length of the arc is larger than the diameter entered here, it cannot be neglected.
A corresponding error message appears before the calculation.
The option Element ist "straight" refers to curved elements. The arcs are usually excluded from the determination of the effective widths because the standards do not provide clear specifications. A curved element is assumed to be straight if the ratio of the connecting line (start/end node) to the element length is higher than the specified value. 
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If you need to define different types of lateral intermediate supports, it is necessary to divide the specific member. After that, you can create a set of member and with that done, you can easily define different types of intermediate supports along this set of member, or you can use different nodal supports in the nodes of the set of member. 
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RSTAB is a pure framework program and only determines internal forces, deformations, and support reactions.On the other hand, stresses are variable depending of the crosssection and are calculated on the stress points of a crosssection. This stress determination is performed in the RF/STEEL addon module by calculating the existing stresses and comparing them with the limit stresses. 
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This kind of result may occur if the limit internal forces of the crosssection cannot be determined. In most cases, the problem lies in a wrongly defined crosssection or in the selection of an unsupported crosssection. Please check if you have selected the crosssection allowed for the aluminum structure in the addon module. These include the rolled crosssections and parametric thinwalled crosssections.The crosssection HK 120/40/5/5/5/5 shown in Figure 01 is not a valid crosssection as it has been selected from the area of solid crosssections (concrete components).
In this case, it is necessary to change the crosssection to TO 120/40/5/5/5/5.In the case of the design in RF‑/ALUMINUM, please note that you have to select the material which also involves thicknesses used for the crosssections. A material that is only allowed up to t=3 mm cannot be used for a crosssection with t=5 mm.
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