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The RFTIMBER AWC module does not optimize crosssections for the Serviceability Limit State or the Fire Resistance design. Optimization is only calculated for the Ultimate Limit State design.Users must manually adjust the crosssection in RFEM or within the addon module and can export the crosssection back into RFEM. In either scenario, the model must be rerun in order to calculate the correct internal forces with the adjusted member size. 
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Fire resistance design is not implemented in the RF‑LAMINATE addon module by default.However, you can calculate the charring rates yourself and consider them accordingly in the module. In the following example, this is explained on a simple plate.Structural system (Figure 01): Span 5 m
 Plate width 2 m
 LC1 (permanent) 1 kN/m² plus dead load
 LC2 (medium) 2.5 kN/m²
 3 layers
 S1 35 mm C24
 S2 20 mm C24
 S3 35 mm C24
Factors for fire resistance: Charring rate ß0 = 0.65 mm/min
 Pyrolysis zone k0d0 = 7 mm
 Charring time t = 30 min
 Effective thickness def=t ß_{0}+k_{0}d_{0}=30 min × 0.65 mm/min+7 mm = 26.5 mm
Remaining thickness of Layer 3 = 35 − 26.5 = 8.5 mm > 3 mm → thickness may be applied. (Figure 02)Because of the modified layer thicknesses, a new stiffness matrix results, which is applied in RFEM for accidental combinations with the characteristic stiffness values. For the ultimate limit state, the design values are calculated here (Figure 03). 
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In principle, it is also possible to perform detailed analysis in RF‑LAMINATE. In the case of a very high shear distortion, for example, it can be reasonable to use orthotropic solids for modeling. The video shows a simple modeling and result evaluation of a layer structure by using solids.
A criterion, as of when is the modeling using solids useful, is the shear correction factor. Further information and other criteria can be found in the following FAQ:

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The easiest way to consider this is to use the RF‑/JOINTS Timber  Steel to Timber addon module. For this purpose, the module decomposes the original connection, and creates a new structural system that considers the flexibility accordingly. In this case, the ultimate limit state, the serviceability limit state, and the accidental design situations are considered separately. 
Does the RF‑LAMINATE program consider the shear correction factor for crosslaminated timber plates?
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The shear correction factor is considered in the RF‑LAMINATE addon module by using the following equation.
$k_{z}=\frac{{\displaystyle\sum_i}G_{xz,i}A_i}{\left(\int_{h/2}^{h/2}E_x(z)z^2\operatorname dz\right)^2}\int_{h/2}^{h/2}\frac{\left(\int_z^{h/2}E_x(z)zd\overline z\right)^2}{G_{xz}(z)}\operatorname dz$with $\int_{h/2}^{h/2}E_x(z)z^2\operatorname dz=EI_{,net}$The calculation of shear stiffness can be found in the English version of the RFLAMINATE manual, page 15 ff.For a plate with the thickness of 10 cm in Figure 01, the calculation of the shear correction factor is shown. The equations used here are only valid for simplified symmetrical plate structures!Layer z_min z_max E_x(z)(N/mm²) G_xz(z)(N/mm²) 1 50 30 11,000 690 2 30 10 300 50 3 10 10 11,000 690 4 10 30 300 50 5 30 50 11,000 690 $\sum_iG_{xz,i}A_i=3\times0.02\times690+2\times0.02\times50=43.4N$$EI_{,net}=\sum_{i=1}^nE_{i;x}\frac{\mbox{$z$}_{i,max}^3\mbox{$z$}_{i,min}^3}3$$=11,000\left(\frac{30^3}3+\frac{50^3}3\right)+300\left(\frac{10^3}3+\frac{30^3}3\right)$$+11,000\left(\frac{10^3}3+\frac{10^3}3\right)+300\left(\frac{30^3}3\frac{10^3}3\right)+11,000\left(\frac{50^3}3\frac{30^3}3\right)$$=731.2\times10^6 Nmm$$\int_{h/2}^{h/2}\frac{\left(\int_z^{h/2}E_x(z)zd\overline z\right)^2}{G_{xz}(z)}\operatorname dz=\sum_{i=1}^n\frac1{G_{i;xz}}\left(χ_i^2(z_{i,max}z_{i,min})\;χ_iE_{i,x}\frac{z_{i,max}^3z_{i,min}^3}3+E_{i,x}^2\frac{z_{i,max}^5z_{i,min}^5}{20}\right)$$χ_i=E_{i;x}\frac{z_{i,max}^2}2+\sum_{k=i+1}^nE_{k;x}\frac{z_{k,max}^2z_{k,min}^2}2$χ_{1} 13.75 10^{6} χ_{2} 8.935 10^{6} χ_{3} 9.47 10^{6} χ_{4} 8.935 10^{6} χ_{5} 13.75 10^{6} $\sum_{i=1}^n\frac1{G_{i;yz}}\left(χ_i^2(z_{i,max}z_{i,min})χ_iE_{i,y}\frac{z_{i,max}^3z_{i,min}^3}3+{E^2}_{i,y}\frac{z_{i,max}^5z_{i,min}^5}{20}\right)=$
8.4642 10^{11} 3.147 10^{13} 2.5 10^{12} 3.147 10^{13} 8.4642 10^{11} Total 6.7133 x 10^{13}$k_z=\frac{43.4}{{(731.2e^6)}^2}6.713284\;e^{13}=5.449\;e^{3}$$D_{44}=\frac{{\displaystyle\sum_i}G_{xz,i}A_i}{k_z}=\frac{43.4}{5.449\;e^{3}}=7,964.7 N/mm$This corresponds to the resulting value in RF‑LAMINATE (Figure 02). 
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In the case of cross laminated timber panels not glued to the narrow sides and a walllike structural behaviour, the torsion stress in the glued joints is often decisive. This design is performed according to the explanations in the literature reference below according to the following equation.$\eta_x=\frac{\tau_{tor,x}}{f_{v,tor}}+\frac{\tau_x+\tau_{xz}}{f_R}=\frac{\displaystyle\frac{3\ast n_{xy}}{b(n1)}}{f_{v,tor}}+\frac{{\displaystyle\frac{\frac{\partial n_x}{\partial x}}{n1}}+\tau_{xz}}{f_R}\leq1$Values: b board width
 n number of board layers
 n_{xy} shear in pane plane
 $\frac{\partial n_x}{\partial x}$ shear of board layers
 $\tau_{xz}$ shear in thickness direction
 f_{R} rolling shear strength
 f_{v,tor} torsional shear strength
For the ydirection, the design is analogous but with the values for the ydirection. 
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These factors reduce the torsional stiffness D_{33} as well as the shear stiffness D_{88} of the corresponding stiffness matrix elements of a surface. Since crosslaminated timber is generally not glued at the narrow side, it is also not possible to transfer shear stresses to the timber narrow sides. Thus, the stiffness would be overestimated in this case. For this reason, the stiffness must be reduced accordingly.Some manufacturers have already provided us these values when delivering the layer structures. They result from the internal analysis. The explanation for determining the correction factors is covered in [1]. The analysis of this work has also been included in the Austrian Annex to EN 1995‑1‑1 [2]. The result is shown in Figure 02. The ratio of the timber width (a) to the timber thickness (t_{i}) can be taken from the respective approval. 
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Yes, that is possible.
First, RFSTABILITY (or RSBUCK in RSTAB 8) can be used to determine the effective lengths for a particular structure and loading.They can then be imported in the 'Effective Lengths' of the RF/TIMBER Pro dialog box. 
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Displaying the primary loadbearing direction in the RFLAMINATE addon module
While entering data in the RFLAMINATE addon module, there is an option to control the orthotropic direction of each individual layer graphically. To do this, simply place the cursor in the desired row of the corresponding position. Then, a coordinate system is displayed in the surface in the RFEM model (see Figure 01). This is to be interpreted as follows:red axis = xaxis = βvalue of the corresponding layerGenerally, the outer layers specify the main loadbearing direction, which is why it is sufficient to consider only the first layer. The red axis specifies the primary loadbearing direction (see Figure 01).Displaying the primary loadbearing direction in RFEM
However, the primary loadbearing direction can also be interpreted directly in RFEM. The local axis systems of the surfaces can be displayed in detail (see Figure 02). The orthotropic direction β refers to the local xaxis of the surface. For the example shown in Figure 03, it has a consequence that the primary loadbearing direction for the left surface runs from one support to another and the secondary surface direction to the right surface. If you want to change the supporting direction for the right surface, it is possible to either rotate the local surface axis system (see Figure 04) or create a new structure and rotate the orthotropic direction β by 90° (see Figure 05).If the primary loadbearing direction is not clearly evident, it is worth taking a look at the stiffness matrix of the surface (see Figure 06). There, it is possible to find the 'decisive' loadbearing direction, e.g. by means of the bending stiffness. The element D_{11} refers to the local xaxis of the surface and the element D_{22} refers to the local axis y of the surface.
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