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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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  1. Determining the Material Properties of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Using in RFEM

    Steel fiber reinforced concrete is nowadays mainly used for industrial floors or hall floors, for foundation plates with low loads, basement walls and basement floors. Since the publication of the first guideline by the German Committee for Reinforced Concrete (DAfStb) about steel fiber reinforced concrete in 2010, the structural engineer can use standards for the design of the composite material steel fiber reinforced concrete, which makes the use of fiber reinforced concrete increasingly popular in construction. This article explains the individual material parameters of the steel fiber reinforced concrete and how to deal with these material parameters in the FEM program RFEM.

  2. Required Reinforcement for the Rib and Axial Force Distribution of the Wall

    Modeling and Determining Internal Forces for a T-Beam with Masonry Wall Above

    When modeling a reinforced concrete rib with a masonry wall above, there is the risk that the rib is underdesigned if the structural behavior of the masonry is not correctly considered and the connection between masonry wall and downstand beam is not modeled sufficiently accurate. This article deals with this issue and shows possible modeling options of such a structure. In this example, the reinforcement is determined only from the internal forces and without any secondary minimum reinforcement.

  3. Structure with Cantilevered Floor

    Differences Between the Analytical and Nonlinear Deformation Analysis of Reinforced Concrete

    Different methods are available for calculating the deformation in the cracked state. RFEM provides an analytical method according to DIN EN 1992-1-1 7.4.3 and a physical-nonlinear analysis. Both methods have different features and can be more or less suitable depending on the circumstances. This article will give an overview of the two calculation methods.

  4. Figure 01 - Research Issue

    Modelling Approaches for Shear/Hole Bearing Connections by Means of FEA

    For more detailed investigations of shear/hole bearing connections or their immediate environment, the definition of the non-linear contact problem plays an important role. This article uses a solid model to search for comparable and simplified surface models.
  5. Figure 01 - Option "Save the results of all load increments"

    Iterative RFEM Calculation with Load Increments

    The calculation in RFEM is usually carried out in several calculation steps, the so-called iterations. It is then possible to consider particular characteristics of the model such as objects with nonlinear functions. In addition, by using the iterative calculation, nonlinear effects are taken into account which result from changes in deformation and internal forces in case of the second-order analysis or when considering large deformations (cable theory). In case of complex models, geometric linear calculations are usually not sufficient.

  6. Figure 01 - Real Model and Structural System

    Considering End Releases Between Surfaces

    This article deals with considering end releases between surfaces with line hinges and line releases. Examples are joints in reinforced concrete structures or frame joints in cross-laminated timber structures.
  7. Orthotropic Material Laws

    Orthotropic material laws are used wherever materials are arranged according to their loading. Examples include fiber-reinforced plastics, trapezoidal sheets, reinforced concrete or timber.

  8. Plate Buckling Analysis of Steel Shell Structures Using MNA/LBA Concept

    Shell buckling is considered to be the most recent and least explored stability issue of structural engineering. This is less due to a lack of research activities, but rather due to the complexity of the theory. With the introduction and further development of the finite element method in structural engineering practice, some engineers no longer have to deal with the complicated theory of shell buckling. Evidence of the problems and errors to which this gives rise is very well summarized in [1].

  9. Differences of Calculation Methods in Structural Analysis

    For structural dimensioning according to the valid rules, there are often several options or calculation methods to determine the internal forces. It is up to the engineer to decide which theory is suitable to design the structure.

  10. Explanation of Support Nonlinearities on Example | 1.2 Translation

    RFEM and RSTAB provide numerous variants of the nonlinear definitions of nodal supports. In the following, in continuation of an earlier article , the other possibilities of nonlinear support design for a displaceable support will be shown by a simple example. For better understanding, the result is always compared to a linearly defined support.

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