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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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When designing a steel cross-section according to Eurocode 3, it is important to assign the cross-section to one of the four cross-section classes. Classes 1 and 2 allow for a plastic design, classes 3 and 4 are only for elastic design. In addition to the resistance of the cross-section, the structural component's sufficient stability has to be analyzed.
The calculation in RFEM is usually carried out in several calculation steps, the so-called iterations. It is then possible to consider particular characteristics of the model such as objects with nonlinear functions. In addition, by using the iterative calculation, nonlinear effects are taken into account which result from changes in deformation and internal forces in case of the second-order analysis or when considering large deformations (cable theory). In case of complex models, geometric linear calculations are usually not sufficient.
This article describes how a flat slab is generated as 2D model in RFEM and the loading is applied according to Eurocode 1.
Lattice towers represent typical applications in steel construction. Examples for this special type of truss structures are antenna and overhead line towers, or columns for wind power stations, cable cars, and supporting frame constructions. The modelling can be done individually in RFEM and RSTAB by entering various tower elements. Furthermore, you can use different copy functions and parameterized input options. However, this procedure normally requires considerable effort. It is more comfortable to model such structures using pre-fabricated catalogue elements provided by the Block Manager. Those elements are automatically stored in the database during program installation. Thus, you can use tower segments, platforms, antenna brackets, cable ducts et cetera as parameterized building blocks for generating diverse tower structures.
When designing reinforced concrete components according to EN 1992‑1‑1 , it is possible to use nonlinear calculation methods to determine internal forces for the ultimate limit state and the serviceability limit state. In this case, the internal forces and deformations are determined with respect to their nonlinear behaviour. The analysis of stresses and strains in cracked state usually provides the deflections, which clearly exceed the linearly determined values.
The product range of Dlubal Software contains various modules for design of steel and timber connections. The RF-/JOINTS Steel - Column Base add-on module allows you to analyse footings of hinged or restrained steel column bases. For the cost-effective and safe design of the column base, the fastener selection, foundation geometry, and material quality are crucial.
In spatial structures, a member position plays an important role in terms of determining internal forces. The orientation of member axes can be defined either by a global cross-section rotation angle or by a specific member rotation angle. These two angles are added in order to determine the position of the main axes of a member in a 3D model.
A structural analysis does not only determine and design internal forces and deformations. It also ensures that the forces and moments in a structure are generated in a reliable way and applied to the foundation. Dlubal Software provides a wide range of products for structural analysis and design of steel and timber connections. The RF-/JOINTS Steel - Column Base add-on module allows you to design footings of hinged and restrained column bases. The design can be performed for both column base plates with or without stiffeners.
The cross‑section properties software SHAPE‑THIN provides the option to combine the cross‑section parts in a ‘section’ and display the cross‑section properties. Thus, it is possible to determine the values of the individual components in a composite cross‑section.
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