About FEM-Design

FEM-Design offers a powerful, yet easy to use package that can be tailored to suit the exact analysis and design needs of the structural engineers using the finite element method.

As FEM-Design is a full 64-bit software, all memory of the computer can be utilized. In previous 32-bit versions the memory usage was limited to 2 Gigabytes, which could cause out of memory error message when displaying results at large models. The analysis core was already 64-bit in earlier versions.

warning.png32-bit operating systems are not supported anymore!

FEM-Design runs on Microsoft Windows® Vista, 7, 8, and 10 operation systems. Single elements or a complete building, made from any number of materials and structural elements can be analyzed with ease related to Eurocode 2, Eurocode 3, Eurocode 5 and Eurocode 7.


Modules

The FEM-Design software system is a group of modules developed for different 2 and 3 dimensional structural problems, but it provides additional special features such as 2D drawing services and 3D solid modeling too.

The list of available FEM-Design modules depends on your license.

The following tables present the features and functionality of FEM-Design modules.

3D Modules
 AnalysisFoudation DesignRC DesignSteel DesignTimber DesignFile format

3D Structure

Combinations of shell elements, slabs, walls, bars, beams, columns and foundation elements with arbitrary loads.

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Linear
Non-linear
Dynamic
Imperfections
Second order
Stability
Seismic
Cracked-section

Isolated foundation
Wall foundation
Foundation slab

RC shell
RC bar
Punching

Steel bar
Steel bar-shel

Timber bar
Timber panel

.str

3D Frame

Two and three - dimensional frames and trusses with arbitrary loads.
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Linear
Non-linear
Dynamic
Imperfections
Second order
Stability
Seismic
Cracked-section

 

RC bar

Steel bar

Timber bar

.frm

Steel Joint

Total of 51 solutions and 7 steel joint types (according to the Swedish Institute of Steel Construction).

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2D Modules
 AnalysisFoudation DesignRC DesignSteel DesignTimber DesignFile format

Plate

Slabs, slab-systems or other 2D elements loaded perpendicularly to their planes.

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Linear
Non-linear
Dynamic
Cracked-section
 RC slab
RC bar
Punching
Steel beamTimber beam
Timber slab
.pla

Wall

Plane stress problems, shearand load bearing walls, elements loaded in their planes.

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Linear
Non-linear
Dynamic
Cracked-section
 RC wall
 
 Timber panel.wal

Plain Strain

Structure with long extension and uniform section such as retaining walls, pipes etc.

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Linear
Non-linear
Dynamic
 
    .pls

Start the program

FEM-Design modules can be started from dialogs appear after choosing one of the following ways:

  • Click Start button of Windows status bar and select All Programs → FEM-Design...
  • Double click the shortcut, if it is placed on the Desktop.
  • From FEM Design Center.

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light.pngCTRL + Left mouse button will open the last model.
Shift + Left mouse button will open history in a jumplist

We suggest to pin the command center so right clicking the icon on the tray will open a jumplist where all the modules available.

Starting a design module (or a new project) offers possibility of code selection for structure design. Code selection influences:

  • the range of available modeling materials,
  • automatic combination of load groups,
  • the method and result of foundation, reinforcement, steel and timber design

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The current code of a project can be modified any time during input process (structure and load definition) at Settings > All... > Calculation > Code, configuration. Changing a code will modify all materials and design parameters according to the selected new code by using an editable conversion table.

Created by IwonaBudny on 2018/09/11 12:07
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