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Newsletter July 2013

Dear business partner,

we are happy to present you our Newsletter July 2013. It contains the information about the development in our continuous effort to bring the latest achievements in the numerical modeling of reinforced concrete to your desk.

Latest News

Development of ATENA, version 5

The testing of ATENA Version 5 continues, now with a wider group of beta-testers. We collect their comments, bug reports, and improvement suggestions till the end of July. Then, we plan to release version 5 after incorporating any important fixes.

The major features of this new version are among others:

  • Atena Studio - new integrated 2D/3D environment for runtime analysis control and post-processing.
  • Model CERHYD - modeling of hydration heat development, shrinkage, creep and cracking in young concrete.
  • Improved transport model - supports nonlinear analysis of coupled heat and moisture transport in concrete.
  • Improved documentation - the software package contains 4 books covering theory, tutorials and software user's manual.
  • Improved nonlinear solver - with new features for more robust convergence, such as: automatic restart and step length reduction, selection of best iteration results.
IMAGE: ATENA version 5 screenshot

IMAGE: ATENA Advanced User Seminar

ATENA Advanced User Seminar

Czech Republic-Prague, June 12-14, 2013

The seminar has been targeted for advanced ATENA users, who wants to learn more about the theoretical background of ATENA and its advanced application areas such as ATENA 3D, GiD-pre/post-processing, dynamic, eigenvalue, creep, thermal, or fire analysis.

The new ATENA version 5 was presented and used throughout the seminar.

This new version includes a totally reworked runtime and postprocessing environment ATENA Studio, which replaces the previous program ATENAWin, and represents the basis for future ATENA development.

The main focus will be on the package ATENA Science, which includes an updated GiD interface and new features for modelling concrete hydration, seismic and pushover analysis.

ATENA Troubleshooting Manual

Have you already known that the most frequent questions and problems with ATENA are solved in the ATENA Troubleshooting Manual? The document is included in ATENA installation, and the current version is also available for separate download from out web:


You can find there all the other manuals, too.

IMAGE: ATENA Troubleshooting Manual


New Distributor in Hungary

Juhasz Karoly Peter
Reitter Ferenc 73 A/5/4 1135
1135 Budapest, Hungary

Tel/Fax: 36 (1) 239-9368
Mob: 36 (70) 330-9149
Website: www.jkp.hu

Upcoming Events

ATENA Advanced User Seminar 2013 in Czech language

Czech Republic-Prague, September 9-11, 2013

The seminar will have similar program as the previous seminar in June, but this time in Czech language. As a part of this year´s seminar, 2 new topics are going to be addressed:

  1. Modelling of hydration and shrinkage cracking in young concrete
  2. Modelling of strengthening measures

Meet Us

August 18-21, 2013
SCMT3, International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies
Kyoto, Japan
Event website

August 28-30, 2013
VEESD, Vienna Congress on Recent Advances in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics & 13. D-A-CH Tagung Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Event website

September 4-6, 2013
CCC 2013, Central European Congress on Concrete Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology
Wrocław, Poland
Event website

September 12-13, 2013
Model Code 2010 for Concrete Structures, fib-course
Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 12-13, 2013
FC 2013, 7th International Conference FIBRE CONCRETE 2013
Prague, Czech Republic
Event website

September 17-19, 2013
12th International Conference on Fracture and Damage Mechanics
Alghero, Sardinia, Italy
Event website

September 23-25, 2013
CONSEC, The Seventh International Conference on Concrete under Severe Conditions - Environment and Loading
Nanjing, China
Event website

November 6-8, 2013
IPW11, 11th International Probabilistic Workshop 2013 
Brno, Czech Republic
Event website

Current Projects

Computer model for high-performance fibre reinforced concrete material

Funding agency: Czech Technological Agency, project no. TA03011564

The project result will be a computer model/software for the design and assessment of civil engineering structures from ultrahigh performance fibre reinforced concrete with higher durability and reliability. Currently there are practically no suitable methods and models for the structural design using these materials, even though their usage is expected to grow significantly in the future.

Their advantage is higher durability and strength, which enables engineers to build structures with longer lifecycle, lower material consumption and lower impact on the environment.

The developed numerical model will enable predictive numerical analyses of short-term and long-term behaviour of structures from ultrahigh performance fibre reinforced concrete in the service limit states as well as in the ultimate limit states.

The wider objective of the proposed project is to support the application of these modern materials in the construction of new structures as well as in the maintenance of the existing ones and to increase their durability and reliability.

IMAGE: Fibre Reinforced Concrete Material


SE-Lab = Structural Engineering Lab


A Cloud-/Grid-Based Virtual Laboratory for Non-Linear Probabilistic Structural Analysis

Funding agency
Eurostars/Eureka project no E!7521


SE-Lab is an innovative combination (1) of sophisticated mathematical methods from computational mechanical and probabilistic engineering (2) of computer science methods from public cloud and private grid and web-service technologies, and (3) of construction informatics methods, from Building Information Modelling (BIM), in particular engineering information management, filtering, interoperability, model mapping and model change propagation.

SE-Lab is an information management platform on SOA, i.e. web-services basis providing:

  1. Seamless public cloud and private grid access.
  2. An integrated computation feedback cycle for mass computing of structural system and load case variations with algorithm-based variations of system and load parameters
  3. An algorithm-based evaluation of the computation results deducing stochastics and identification of critical failure modes and weak components of the structural system.
  4. A BIM integrated feedback cycle for design changes integrating architectural CAD design with computational engineering analysis and design.
  5. An information management system to manage the mass of simulation models and results.
  6. A multi-media graphical information navigator for the navigation in the mass of models.

Recent Articles

ČERVENKA, J., Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures by Numerical Simulation, A XXIII-a Conferinta Nationala A.I.C.P.S., ISSN 2067-4546, May 30, 2013. Buchurest, pp. 150-153

ČERVENKA, J., JENDELE, L., ŠMILAUER, V., Modelling of Crack Development in Young Concrete, FraMCoS-8, Conf. Proceedings, ISBN 978-84-941004-3-7, March 11-14, 2013, Toledo, Spain

ČERVENKA, J., Využití numerických metod při posuzování masivních betonových konstrukcí energetických zařízení, 7. konference Zvyšování životnosti energetických zařízení v elektrárnách, Srní, October 23-25, 2012, pp. 1-4

ČERVENKA, V., ČERVENKA, J., ATENA Simulation of Shear Wall in CONCRACK Benchmark, FraMCoS-8, Conf. Proceedings, ISBN 978-84-941004-3-7, March 11-14, 2013, Toledo, Spain

ČERVENKA, V., TAFERNER, J., GANDER, M., BERGMEISTER, K., Design of Integral Concrete Facade Assisted by Numerical Simulation, Proceedings CCC 2013, 9th Central European Congress on Concrete Engineering. Wrocław (Poland) on September 4-6, 2013

ČERVENKA, V., Reliability-based non-linear analysis according to Model Code 2010, Journal of FIB, Structural Concrete 01/2013, pp.19-28

JENDELE, L., ŠMILAUER, V., ČERVENKA, J., Multiscale Hydro-Thermo-Mechanical Model for Early-Aage and Mature Concrete Structures, Advances in Engineering Software, Elsevier, Online June 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advengsoft.2013.05.002

KADLEC, L., KŘÍSTEK, V., ČERVENKA, V., Analysis of anchorage length in prestressed fibre concrete members, 19. Betonářské dny, ISBN 978-80-87158-32-6, November 21-22, 2012, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

KURMANN, D., JANDA, Z., ČERVENKA, J., Seismic design and verification of a NPP structure for the storage of radioactive waste components, SeDIF Conference 2013, Aachen, Germany, September 26-27, 2013

NOVÁK, D., SLOWIK, O., PUKL, R., Optimization of ultimate capacity and reliability increase of reinforced concrete bridge, 19. Betonářské dny, ISBN 978-80-87158-32-6, November 21-22, 2012, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

PUKL, R., SAJDLOVÁ, T., Multi-level Optimization of Input Parameters for Modeling of Fibre Reinforced Concrete, FIB Symposium, ISBN 978-965-92039-0-1, April 22-24, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

PUKL, R., HAVLÁSEK, P., Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Stuctural Members Made from RC and SFRC, FIB Symposium, ISBN 978-965-92039-0-1, April 22-24, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

PUKL, R., PRYL, D., KERŠNER, Z., SEITL, S., Numerické modelování únavového poškozování betonu, Betonarske dni, October 25-26, 2012, Bratislava, Slovenská Republika, pp. 1-6

SÝKORA, M., ČERVENKA, V., HOLICKÝ, M., Uncertainties of Resistance Models for Reinforced Concrete Structures, FIB Symposium, ISBN 978-965-92039-0-1, April 22-24, 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel

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