RF-GLASS | Input
First of all, you have to select the surfaces for design (using the select function). The geometry of a glass pane and loads are imported from the RFEM model.
Then, it is necessary to decide whether the calculation should proceed without influence of the surrounding structure (local calculation) or considering this influence (global calculation). If you select the local calculation, each surface selected for the design is detached from the model and calculated separately.
The global calculation considers the entire structure including entered glass panes. All glass composition data and glass properties of individual layers are to be defined in RF-GLASS input windows. You can select the layers of type glass, foil, and gas. It is possible to transfer the respective material directly from the library covering a large number of materials.
All parameters of individual layers including their thicknesses are editable. In addition, you can create a number of various compositions in RF-GLASS, which allows you to design different types of glass together.
For insulating glass, you can consider external loads as well as loads due to temperature, atmospheric pressure, and altitude changes for the analysis. The module calculates these loads automatically on the basis of climatic load parameters. If you select the local calculation type, it is necessary to define line supports, nodal supports, and boundary members of the surfaces in RF-GLASS. These supports and members are considered in RF-GLASS only and have no influence on the model created in RFEM.