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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. Comparison of Results

    Effect of Different Ways to Model Line Supports in Glass Structures

    Due to the special properties of glass, you also have to pay close attention to detail points when modeling in an FE model. Glass has a very high compressive strength and is therefore generally only designed for its tensile stresses. A particular disadvantage of the material is its brittleness. Stress peaks that occur in the calculation must therefore not be readily neglected.

  3. 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.

  4. Modeling Overlapping Surfaces: Risks and Approaches

    When modeling with finite elements, you sooner or later come up with the question of how two surfaces (2D elements) lying on top of each other can be modeled. Hence, both surfaces are quite often modeled in the same plane. The possible consequences of this approach and whether there are better solutions are described below.

  5. Finding the Start Nodes of Lines via the COM Interface

    Methods for Selecting Elements via the COM Interface

    When editing elements via the COM interface, selecting elements is often a problem because it cannot be carried out visually via the work window. The selection can be particularly difficult for models that have been created via the program interface and are then to be modified using a separate program. Besides the exception, when the selection was made previously via RFEM, there are several alternatives for programming.

  6. User-Defined Parametrized Platform

    Creating a User-Defined Platform for Use in RF-/TOWER Equipment

    The following technical article describes the creation of a user-defined platform for use on a four-sided tower in the RF-/TOWER add-on modules. First, start with an empty model of the type 3D and define four nodes. The numbering and position of these nodes are very important here.

  7. Evaluating the First Mode Shape

    Determining Seismic Loads per Storey by Means of Nodal Constraints

    When introducing and transferring horizontal loads such as wind or seismic loads, there are increasing difficulties in 3D models. To avoid such issues, some standards (for example ASCE 7, NBC) require the simplification of the model by using diaphragms that distribute the horizontal loads to structural components transferring loads, but cannot transfer bending themselves (called "Diaphragm").

  8. Load Transfer with Intermediate Ceiling

    Determining the Contact Force Between Two Inclined Objects

    This article describes how to determine the contact force between two objects behaving like walls that are inclined at a certain angle on top of each other. To determine this contact force, define a nodal release. Since a nodal release requires certain conditions, this article shows two examples.

  9. 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.
  10. Options for Modeling Bored Piles

    RFEM and RSTAB offer different options to model bored piles. One option is to display bored piles as single-valued supports or hinged columns. Another option is the realistic modeling while taking into account the soil by means of applying a member elastic foundation. The two following examples will describe it in detail. However, pile base resistance, skin friction and soil layers are not considered in this technical article.

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