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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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In RFEM and RSTAB, you can import DXF files via the import function. These DXF files can be used as the basis for modeling a structural system.
Consideration of P-Delta Effects (Second-Order Analysis) in the Response Spectrum Analysis According to ASCE 7-16RFEM offers the option to perform a response spectrum analysis according to ASCE 7-16. This standard describes the determination of seismic loads for the US-American market. It might happen that the so-called P-Delta effect has to be considered due to the stiffness of the entire structure to be able to calculate the internal forces and carry out the design.
In RF-/DYNAM Pro - Equivalent Loads, the equivalent seismic loads can be calculated according to different standards. By calculating the equivalent loads for each eigenvalue, it is not directly possible to obtain the transversal shear for each story to perform an analysis afterwards. The following example describes the option to calculate the transversal shear quickly and efficiently.
Using RF-/STEEL EC3, you can apply nominal temperature‑time curves in RFEM or RSTAB. For this, the standard time‑temperature curve (ETK), the external fire curve and the hydrocarbon fire curve are implemented in the program. Based on these temperature curves, the add‑on module can calculate the temperature in the steel cross‑section and thus perform the fire design using the determined temperatures. This article explains the thermal behaviour of structural steel as this is a direct impact on the calculation of component temperatures in RF‑/STEEL EC3.
Using RF-/STEEL EC3, you can apply nominal temperature-time curves in RFEM or RSTAB. For this, the standard time-temperature curve (ETK), the external fire curve, and the hydrocarbon fire curve are implemented in the program. Based on these diagrams, the add‑on module can calculate the temperature in the steel cross‑section and thus perform the fire design. This article explains the behaviour of protected and unprotected steel cross‑sections.
Using RF-/STEEL EC3, you can apply nominal temperature-time curves in RFEM or RSTAB. The standard time-temperature curve (ETK), the external fire curve and the hydrocarbon fire curve are implemented. Moreover, the program provides the option to directly specify the final temperature of steel. This steel temperature can be calculated using the parametric temperature-time curve, as described in the Annex to EN 1992‑1‑2. The different fire exposures are explained in this article.
In RFEM, it is possible to generate surfaces from members, for example to perform an accurate FE simulation on a member. Specific parameters such as automatic FE mesh refinement or rigid surfaces can be defined prior to the generation.
Design of cross-sections usually requires many different cross-section properties. In RFEM and RSTAB, all required properties of standardized cross-sections are available in the cross-section library and can be used directly for the calculation. If the cross-sections are not standardized, SHAPE-THIN allows you to use these cross-sections, too. You can simply enter the geometry to determine all required cross-section properties. The following example shows the calculation of a shear area on a practical example.
In the DYNAM Pro add‑on module for RSTAB, it is now possible to neglect masses, which may have a negative effect on the equivalent mass factor when calculating eigenvalues. For this, you can disable the masses under [Details]. These include primarily mass points located in the support of the structures.
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