Release 2024-1: FRILO expands portfolio with new program for reinforcement of timber beams

Release 2024-1 | The new FRILO software version

Stuttgart, November 15, 2023 – FRILO Software GmbH has successfully delivered version 2024-1. With the update, the provider of innovative solutions for structural calculations and structural design is bringing a new program onto the market that allows the analysis of timber beams reinforced with timber or steel. In addition, two new PLUS programs for steel construction were developed: SWA+ and QS+. The integration of the Schöck Tronsole® in the B7+ also makes it possible to measure the impact sound insulation on stairs according to the approval of the member manufacturer.

The new FRILO program Reinforced Timber Beam HTV+ enables structural engineers to calculate single and multi-span timber beams with variably definable reinforcements (timber or steel reinforced). The timber beams can be reinforced on one or both sides using additional timber cross-sections or U or L steel sections. The side reinforcements are connected to the timber core as a coupled system using a selection of connecting devices. The reinforcements can be stored and loaded separately from the timber core. Users can consider bolts, pins, threaded rods and connector joints as connecting devices. In addition to the free choice of supports for the different static systems, the loads can be freely applied to all members. The coupled system is calculated using a truss analysis and the loads are distributed across the connecting devices.

Beams that were calculated in the DLT+ or HTM+ programs can be transferred directly to the HTV+ and upgraded there. “In order to conserve resources, it is becoming increasingly important to use existing assets. With the HTV+, we provide structural engineers with a program that supports them in preserving existing timber beams wherever possible,” says Manuel Walter, Director Product FRILO and DC.

Design of hinged beam-angle connections in steel construction

The program portfolio in steel construction was also expanded. The new PLUS program Steel Angle Connection SWA+ is suitable for the design of hinged beam angle connections in steel construction. The user can configure the beam connection with or without a notch and arrange the notch on one or both sides. The angle geometry and bolt patterns can be specified or taken from the connection configuration catalog. With the new PLUS program Steel Cross-Sections General QS+, cross-section values of any thin-walled steel structure sections can be modeled. DXF files can be used as auxiliary slides for graphical cross-section modeling. The program determines the cross-sectional area, area moments of inertia and moments of resistance.

Integration of the Schöck Tronsole® into Flight of Stairs B7+

FRILO is the first static analysis software to enable the design of reinforced concrete staircases with the impact sound insulation element Schöck Tronsole®. The elements integrated in the FRILO program Staircase B7+ are Tronsole® Type F for the sound-insulating connection of staircases to landings and floor ceilings and Type B for the connection to floor slabs. The design is based on Schöck’s building authority approval. Based on the input parameters previously selected in the FRILO program and the calculated support forces, the appropriate Tronsole is transferred to the B7+ via a web interface provided by Schöck. The B7+ helps the user to comply with the concrete cover and dimensions requirements according to the approval. “We are pleased to have further deepened the intensive cooperation with the member manufacturer Schöck by integrating the Tronsole into the B7+ solution. The positive feedback from our customers confirms to me that structural engineers benefit today and in the future from the collaboration between the two traditional companies,” says Markus Gallenberger, CEO of FRILO Software GmbH.