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  1. Figure 01 - Influence of the Load Duration on the Design Value of the Strength

    Load Combinations in Timber Structures for European and American Timber Standards

    In addition to determine loads, there are some particularities concerning the load combinatorics in timber design which have to be considered. Contrary to steel structures where the largest loading results from all unfavorable actions, in timber construction, the strength values are dependent on the load duration and the timber humidity. Special characteristics have to be considered as well for the serviceability limit state design. The following article discusses the effects on the design of wooden elements and how this is possible with RSTAB and RFEM.

  2. Figure 01 - Wind Zones of Germany

    Wind Load on Monopitch and Duopitch Roofs in Germany

    In Germany, DIN EN 1991-1-4 with the National Annex DIN EN 1991-1-4/NA regulates the wind loads. The standard applies to civil engineering works up to an altitude of 300 m.
  3. Figure 01 - Structure with Loading

    Modeling a Girder Grillage

    The structural analysis of a girder grillage is usually no big deal when using computer-aided calculation. There are different options to display and analyze a structure. They include, for example, the conventional way with performing structural analysis of components or modeling the entire structure.
  4. Figure 01 - Hinged Column

    Determination of Bearing Resistance with "Drained" and "Undrained" Soil Conditions

    The RF-/FOUNDATION Pro add‑on module designs single foundations (foundation plates, bucket and block foundations) for all support forces arising in the RFEM/RSTAB model. The geotechnical designs are performed according to EN 1997-1.
  5. External Pressure Coefficients, Cp, for Domed Roofs with a Circular Base (according to Figure 27.3-2 [1])

    Wind Loads on Circular Dome Roof Structures According to ASCE 7-16

    When it comes to wind loads on building type structures per the ASCE 7, numerous resources can be found to supplement design standards and aid engineers with this lateral load application.  However, engineers may find it more difficult to find similar resources for wind loading on non-building type structures.  This article will examine the steps to calculate and apply wind loads per the ASCE 7-16 on a circular reinforced concrete tank with a dome roof.
  6. Figure 01 - Hall Frame as Basis for Surface Model

    Modeling Joints as Surface Model

    With RF-/FRAME-JOINT Pro, it is possible to design frame joints according to DIN 18800 or Eurocode 3. When considering non-standardized joints or taking a closer look at the joint and its behavior, it is recommended to use a modeling as surface model. The following article will show how such a model is created in principle.
  7. Classification of Surfaces Total Pressure Coefficients

    Determination of Wind Loads for Canopy Roof Structures According to EN 1991-1-4

    If a canopy roof, for example a filling station roof, should be designed, a load determination having regard to Section 7.3 of EN 1991-1-4 is required. This article shows with an example the design of a slightly inclined troughed roof.
  8. Internal Force My and Influence Line for My for x = 1.25 m

    Basics to Determine and Evaluate Influence Lines

    Influence lines have become less important nowadays due to the fast computer systems. However, it might be an advantage to use influence lines in the phase of preliminary design, but also in the actual creation of the structural designs. With the RF-INFLUENCE add-on module, it is possible to generate and evaluate influence lines and influence surfaces easily due to a fixed internal force. This technical article describes with a simple example the basics to determine and evaluate influence lines.
  9. Determination of the Degrees of Restraint of the Column Ends Taking Into Acount the Stiffness of the Connecting Beam

    Determination of Effective Lengths in RF-/CONCRETE Columns

    With RF-/CONCRETE Columns, it is possible to determine effective lengths for columns automatically. This article describes which entries are necessary and how the calculation of the effective lengths is carried out.
  10. Figure 01 - Structural System and Cross-Section Dimension According to [1]

    Modeling of Semi-Rigid Composite Beam Made of Timber as Surface Model

    There are several options to calculate a semi-rigid composite beam. They differ primarily in the type of modeling. Whereas the Gamma method ensures a simple modeling, additional efforts are required when using other methods (e.g. shear analogy) for the modeling which are, however, offset by the much more flexible application compared to the Gamma method.

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