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Useful Program Features
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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In RFEM, structures can be modelled and analysed in a spatial environment. The permanent 3D visualization helps to better understand complex models and to represent the force flux. However, it is also possible to switch from a spatial mode to a planar sheet mode in the documentation of a calculation. For this, you have to describe the spatial calculation of the structure with all the necessary properties on ‘flat’ paper pages for an independent reader. Usually, you try to display the load actions and the corresponding results by using an orthogonal view of the substructure of the entire structure. Obviously, the load symbols depicted in the 3D mode in a view perpendicular to the load become unrecognizable due the missing expansion. In order to still be able to create a clear representation of all information, the corresponding adjustments are available in RFEM.
In the case of very small distances between isolines, the labels often overlap, which makes the result documentation difficult. As of the RFEM version 5.06, it is possible to select shifted arrangement of the isoline labels in the Display Properties dialog box. By selecting the ‘Show values shifted’ option, you can easily avoid overlapping the result values in many cases.
Sometimes, a model in the graphic window is displayed without filling the entire window or with too large margins after clicking the [Show Whole Model] button. In order to set the size of the graphic margins, click ‘Options’ → ‘Display Margins and Stretch Factors’. The value specifies the percentage of the margin relative to the graphic window size.
By clicking ‘Options’ → ‘Display Properties’ → ‘Edit’, you can change and save display settings for printout reports and your screen. For example, you can set individual colours for cross‑sections.
In order to use the working window area for graphical input of model data or for result evaluation in an optimum way, there are various options for arranging the Project Navigator, the table and the result panel.
When you receive an RFEM or RSTAB file for further processing, the structures will be displayed in the program using the display settings of the last editor. If the settings do not correspond to your requirements, you can simply right‑click the empty area in Project Navigator - Display and select “Dlubal Standard”. This returns the settings to the default values.
You can change the content and appearance of a toolbar under ‘View’ → ‘Arrange Toolbars Customized’. In this way, you can easily arrange and save frequently used commands in specific user‑defined toolbars. In addition to the default arrangement on the top of the screen, it is possible to dock the toolbars on the left and right edge of the screen for a better overview.
In addition to the options of the Project Navigator - Display, you can modify the visibility of structures (members, surfaces, etc.) and guide objects (dimensions, comments, guidelines, etc.) in the menu and toolbar using shortcut menus.
You can display spring members in the Display navigator. A spring member is displayed as a helix by default. Clear the ‘Spring Members’ check box to display them as normal lines.
Users of RFEM and RSTAB already know the advantages of various visibilities, which can be used to create user‑defined areas of the structure for further editing.
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