Knowledge Base


Why Dlubal Software?


  • More than 45,000 users in 95 countries
  • One software package for all application areas
  • Short learning time and intuitive handling
  • Service provided by experienced engineers
  • Excellent price/performance ratio
  • Flexible modular concept, extensible according to your needs
  • Scalable license system with single and network licenses
  • Proven software used in many well-known projects


Receive information including news, useful tips, scheduled events, special offers, and vouchers on a regular basis.

  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 - 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.
  3. Structure for the First Design Step and the Selected Connection

    Influence of Slip of Standardized Joints in Steel Structures

    This article deals with the stiffness of standardized joints according to the DSTV (German Steel Construction Association)/DASt (German Committee for Structural Steelwork) standards, often used in steel construction, and its effects on structural analysis and design results according to DIN EN 1993-1-1.
  4. Figure 01 - Beam to Beam Connection with "Long" Fin Plate

    Fin Plate Connections: Theory and Application

    Fin plate connections are a popular form of pinned steel connections and are commonly used for secondary beams in steel structures. They can be easily used in beam structures arranged on the top edge, e.g. working platforms. Manufacturing expenditures in the workshop as well as the assembly costs on-site are normally manageable. The design seems to be completed easily and quickly, but has to be put into perspective to a certain extent in the following. Moreover, this connection type is basically possible as pinned beam to beam or pinned beam to column connection, whereas the first case is the more common one in design practice.
  5. Figure 01 - Structure and Loading

    Modelling and Design of Pinned End Plate Connection

    RFEM offers the following possibilities to design a pinned end plate connection. Firstly, there is the possibility in RF-JOINTS Steel - Pinned to enter the corresponding parameters quickly and easily to receive a documented analysis including graphics. It is also possible to model such a connection individually in RFEM and then to evaluate or manually design the results. In the following example, the particularities of this modelling will be explained and the shear forces of the bolts will be compared to the corresponding results from RF-JOINTS Steel - Pinned.
  6. Figure 01 - Structural System

    Forces by Screw in Main-Connected Beam Joint

    RF-/JOINTS Timber - Timber to Timber allows you to design main-connected beam joints. This article explains the determination of forces in screws of a beam connected to a torsionally rigid main beam.

  7. Tension Connections in RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber

    Tension Connections in RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber

    In the case of tension connections with cleats subjected to unilateral loading, the external members (side timber) are loaded by an additional bending moment due to the eccentric load distribution. However, this fact is not mentioned in EN 1995‑1‑1 and is considered in the National Annex to DIN EN 1995‑1‑1 by the reduction of the tensile strength. This reduction depends on the pull‑off strength of the fasteners.

  8. DXF Export of Connection Geometry of RF-/JOINTS

    DXF Export of Connection Geometry

    Since the last update of RFEM/RSTAB, you can export the entire connection geometry in the DXF file format from RF‑/JOINTS. This is possible for all connection groups, both steel and timber. You can start the export in the “Results - Graphic” window by clicking the new button below the graphics window.

  9. Joint Types in RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber

    Joint Types in RF-/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber

    The joint type ‘Main member only’ in RF‑/JOINTS Timber - Steel to Timber can also be applied for more than one connected member. This is particularly useful in the case of very complex connection geometry of connected members. For this type, the number of connected members is unlimited.

Contact us

Contact to Dlubal

Do you have any questions or need advice?
Contact us or find various suggested solutions and useful tips on our FAQ page.

+49 9673 9203 0

First Steps

First steps

We provide hints and tips to help you get started with the main programs RFEM and RSTAB.

Powerful and Capable Software

“I think the software is so powerful and capable that people will really value its power when they get properly introduced to it.”