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After the calculation, you can switch to the result window "2.4 Required Reinforcement by x‑Location" in the RF‑CONCRETE Members (RFEM) or CONCRETE (RSTAB) add-on module.
Here, you can select a certain result row for a particular design and x-location (upper table in Window 2.4). Then, you can evaluate the intermediate results in the lower table in Window 2.4. This covers the "Neutral Axis Depth x", for example. The location of the neutral axis for the selected design location is displayed in the graphic on the right of Window 2.4 .
Furthermore, you can display the distribution of the neutral axis depth along the member length graphically in the model or in "Result Diagrams on Member."
You can find the setting in Window 1.5 Support.
Here, you can enter the support width and type, and specify whether to carry out the moment redistribution, or the reduction of moments or shear forces.
Depending on the standard selected in Window 1.1, there are different options available. The option applies to RF‑CONCRETE Members (RFEM 5) and CONCRETE (RSTAB 8).
If the calculation of the longitudinal reinforcement according to the standard is activated, the required reinforcement content is taken into account when displaying the required reinforcement.See the following graphic with the distribution of the required reinforcement without the minimum longitudinal reinforcement according to the standard:Figure 01 - Distribution of Required Reinforcement Without Minimum Longitudinal Reinforcement According to StandardAnd in comparison, the distribution of As,erf,-z(top) with the minimum longitudinal reinforcement according to the standard:Figure 02 - Distribution of Required Reinforcement Incl. Minimum Longitudinal Reinforcement According to StandardIn the result window '2.4 Required Reinforcement by x-Location', you can see which reinforcement is required at each x-location of the designed member. If the minimum longitudinal reinforcement according to the standard becomes relevant, this is indicated by the message No. 26) or 27).At locations where the minimum longitudinal reinforcement is not critical, only the statically required longitudinal reinforcement is displayed. Messages No. 26) and 27) are missing in this case.
Please only select the members with the reinforced concrete cross-section for the design in Window 1.6. If selecting members that are made of steel, for example, you will get the mentioned error message.Figure 01 - Message No. 2379 - Invalid Material DataIf you select "All Members," the members with the steel reinforcement area are automatically removed from the design.
AnswerBoth RFEM and RSTAB provide a suitable solution. In addition to Eurocode 2, the international standards, such as ACI 318, CSA A23.3, SIA 262, or GB 50010, are also available for the design in both programs.
With the add-on modules for designing columns or foundations, or for punching shear designs, it is possible to quickly and reliably calculate the structural components.
Main Programs RFEM or RSTABThe main programs RFEM or RSTAB are used to define structures, materials, and actions.
For reinforced concrete structures, RFEM is clearly the first choice as it allows you to also create structural systems consisting of plates, walls and shells in addition to spatial frame structures. RFEM is the more diverse variant as it can be equipped and extended with the corresponding add-on modules for all materials and designs.
- Eurocode 2 (EN 1992-1-1)
- SIA 262
- ACI 318
- CSA A23.3
- GB 50010
- RF-/CONCRETE Columns
Reinforced concrete design according to the model column method or the nominal curvature method
- RF-PUNCH Pro
Punching shear designs of surfaces
- RF-/FOUNDATION Pro
Design of single, bucket and block foundations
- RF-CONCRETE Deflect (RFEM)
Analytical deformation analysis
- RF-CONCRETE NL
Realistic deformation analysis of surfaces and members
Dynamic AnalysisIf it is necessary to perform seismic analysis or vibration designs of a building, the RF‑/DYNAM Pro add-on modules provide special tools for determining natural frequencies and mode shapes, for an analysis of forced vibrations, a generation of equivalent loads, or for a nonlinear time history analysis.If you have any question about the Dlubal Software programs, please do not hesitate to contact the sales department.
AnswerIn RFEM, it is possible to design surfaces and members made of reinforced concrete.Members are designed in the RF‑CONCRETE Members or RF‑CONCRETE Columns add-on module.Surfaces are designed in the RF‑CONCRETE Surfaces add-on module (optionally with RF‑CONCRETE Deflect or RF‑CONCRETE NL).The solids made of reinforced concrete cannot be designed in RFEM. There is currently no add-on module for designing the reinforced concrete of solids.However, it is possible to create solids by using the "Concrete" material and determine the stresses within the solid, for example. Optionally, you can add a result beam into the solid, which is used to convert the results of the solid to member internal forces.The result beam can be subsequently designed in RF‑CONCRETE Members or RF‑CONCRETE Columns.
AnswerYes, the exponent n is applied differently. Design details can help you to understand this. For EN 1992‑1‑1, for example, n=2 is applied (see Figure 01), and for CSA A23.3-14, n=3 is applied (see Figure 02).
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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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