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The Knowledge Base includes technical articles on a wide array of structural analysis and design topics.
These articles are intended to help you navigate through the Dlubal programs, learn efficient tips and tricks, and provide further insight into the program features.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the function "Generate Model - Members" → "3D Cell", it is very easy to generate containers (shipping containers, office containers, mobile homes, etc.) with regular and irregular distribution of the cells.
From time to time it happens that two intersecting beams overlap at a short distance.
This article describes how a flat slab is generated as 2D model in RFEM and the loading is applied according to Eurocode 1.
RFEM and RSTAB are able to cover a large number of branches in the field of building and construction industry with their generally usable structural frame analysis and FEM programs. The design of cable structures is thus also possible in both software solutions. In the following, some assistance tools for modeling and design will be presented.
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