Simulation of a Stiffening Pane in RSTAB

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The modeling of planar structural components such as glass panes is generally only possible in RFEM. If it is necessary to define the stiffening effect of a pane in a particular case, it can also be simulated in RSTAB.

Figure 01 shows a frame that is to be stiffened by a plate.

Figure 01 - Frame to Be Stiffened

Since members in RSTAB are the only possible structural components, the plate is simulated by means of members.

First, you have to decide, where the frame should be supported. You have to insert the nodes at these locations. To insert nodes, it is recommended to equally divide the respective members by using the "Divide Member" function (right-click the member → "Divide Member"). To simulate a stiffening rigid pane, it is now possible to model a framework consisting of rigid members/couplings.

Figure 02 - Stiffened Frame


Stiffening Bracing Pane



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