Modeling a Purlin by Using Block Manager
Tips & Tricks
Often, models are needed in several projects, like the purlin with columns and knee braces in this example. The dimensions can be changed directly in RFEM or RSTAB by shifting the nodes.
A more elegant way to do this, however, is to parameterize the input and safe the model as block. The block can then be opened and edited via the block manager.
However, the nodes and loads must be parameterized accordingly beforehand. The exact procedure can be found in the video. To save the blog, the entire structure must be selected beforehand. The block can then be imported directly into RFEM or RSTAB or via the block manager
As you can see in the picture, you only have to enter the span lengths, the height and the dimensions of the headers. You can also parameterize and consider the loads when inserting the block. After you inserted it, the newly created structure is opened in RFEM or RSTAB.
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Gerhard Rehm
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Mr. Rehm is responsible for the development of products for timber structures, and provides technical support for customers.
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