Creating Overall Structure from Partial Structures

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In RFEM and RSTAB, you can simulate extensive complex models from different materials in one computing environment. Regarding the creation of complete models, the practice reveals that the model composition and organization can be especially time consuming.

To facilitate the creation of a complete model, it is possible to decompose the complete model into several parts. Then you can fully and clearly prepare these parts as individual models and copy them in the overall model like a puzzle piece. With this procedure, you can avoid the model check in a complex model and instead carry it out in smaller manageable partial components.

For this purpose, there are Block Manager functions in RFEM and RSTAB. These allow you to create blocks of selected elements including the complete load organization and paste it in any file. You can find the necessary commands in the File menu:

  1. “Block Manager” organizes already stored blocks.
  2. “Save as Block” saves the selected elements in the current file as an independent block.
  3. “Insert Block” provides a graphical selection of a block and inserts it in the current file.


Overall Model Substructure Block Block Manager Assembly


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