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Newsletter October 2013

ATENA version 5 is available now!

Dear friends of ATENA software,

we are very pleased to announce the release of new ATENA version 5. This version is our next step in our continuous effort to bring to your desk the latest achievements in nonlinear modelling of reinforced concrete structures. Our main emphasis is on the continuous development of our advanced ATENA Science product, which supports static, creep, dynamic, thermal and moisture transport analyses. Version 5 includes a new product ATENA Studio, which brings the run-time control and post-processing comfort to a new level, which surpasses the high standard that was previously introduced by our ATENA Engineering 2D & 3D software. In version 5, there is no need to import results to GiD for post-processing.



The key ATENA v5 features are:

 ATENA Studio :

  • a unified run-time and post-processing program. This unique program allows full-blown post-processing even while the analysis is in progress
  • the unmatched ATENA crack visualization is now also available in ATENA Science
  • the new cut and clipping planes for visualization of results inside the analyzed structure
  • the new selection feature allows a seamless control of the text output of selected quantities at selected locations


  • a new animation feature is now directly in ATENA, so there is no need to use GiD for post-processing
  • activities/layers  streamline the visualization of complicated 3D results. Activities can be also defined according to a value range of a selected output quantity
  • the contour plots are available for a rich set of output quantities at nodes, elements as well as integration points
  • a unique visualization of integration point quantities
  • 2D graphs can be used to display the evolution of ATENA monitoring points during the analysis. In ATENA Studio, a monitoring point can be created even after the analysis is computed, and the data are automatically extracted from the saved results
  • the signal option for locating individual nodes,  elements and supported or loaded nodes




The new features in the ATENA solution core:

  • 32bit and 64bit version of ATENA Studio facilitates the analysis and post-processing of large 3D problems
  • the ATENA transport module was enhanced by a new material for combined heat and moisture analysis
  • the boundary conditions for heat and moisture analysis are enhanced by a new condition for convection or radiation exchange with the surrounding environment
  • the new CERHYD module can be used to model the hydration heat development during concrete casting and its effect on shrinkage, creep and/or initial cracking
  • the available options for nonlinear analysis control have been greatly extended by new features such as automatic step restart and step reduction during convergence problems

  • the Microplane model was updated to version M7 based on the latest work by Prof. Bazant and Ferhun Caner
  • in Contact/Interface modelling, it is possible to model interfaces with initial opening as well as moving interfaces, i.e. contacts with large relative sliding movements

Improvements in ATENA Engineering 2D & 3D:

  • in ATENA Engineering some compatibility problems with Win 7 & 8 operating systems were corrected, such as the crushing of ATENA 2D during runtime visualization and various graphical problems of ATENA 2D
  • the new version M7 of the Microplane model is available in ATENA Engineering as well
  • ATENA Engineering was also improved by correcting various mistakes in the 2D/3D user interface and solution core


The users with valid ATENA maintenance agreement are entitled to free upgrade to the new ATENA version 5. This version  requires a modification to existing ATENA hardlocks as described below.

In future development we intend to complete the ATENA Studio by a modeller and pre-processor. Then the previous products ATENA 2D and 3D will be replaced by the new product ATENA Studio.

Enjoy the few selected glimpses above, how the new version of ATENA was successfully applied to scores of practical engineering problems ranging from the limit state analysis of large scale structures, investigation of structural/reinforcement detailing or support of experimental research.

How to update to the new ATENA version 5

If you are a current ATENA user with valid maintenance program, you can directly follow the instructions below. If your maintenance has expired, please contact us at cervenka@cervenka.cz for an upgrade quotation.

In order to run ATENA 5 on your computer you need to first update your hardware key. For this you will need the HASP Remote Upgrade utility, which can be downloaded from: http://www.cervenka.cz/downloads/ATENA500/RUS_MDTKB.exe. Then follow the update instructions that are described in the following manual: http://www.cervenka.cz/downloads/ATENA500/HASP_RU_Guide.pdf.

The manual will guide you through the whole process when you will first send us the information about your ATENA key. Based on which we will send you a file to upgrade your key for the new version. Please understand that old keys (HASP4 USB or Parallel) can not be upgraded, and have to be replaced. In this case please contact us at cervenka@cervenka.cz.

Meet Us

October 1-3, 2013
2nd International Symposiumon Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete
Marseille, France
Event website

October 17-18, 2013
Speciální Betony - Special Concrete
Lísek u Bystřice nad Pernštejnem, Czech Republic
Event website

October 23-27, 2013
FIB - Model Course
Vienna, Austria
Event website

November 7-9, 2013
International Conference „Tradition and Innovation - 60 Years of Constructions in Transilvania”
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Event website

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

November 27-28, 2013
Betonářské dny - Concrete Days
Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Event website

Recent Articles

ČERVENKA, J., PUKL, R., ČERVENKA, V., Design of Sustainable Reinforced Concrete Structures Assisted by Numerical Simulations, 3rd Int. Conf. on Sustainable Materials and Technologies, SCMT 3, Kyoto, 18-21.8.2013, paper 332

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, 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, September 4-6, 2013

ČERVENKA, V.,  Global Safety Formats in fib Model Code 2010 for Design of Concrete Structures, Proceedings of the 11th International Probabilistic Workshop, Brno 2013

ČERVENKA, V., Reliability-based Non-linear Analysis According to fib Model Code 2010, Structural Concrete, Journal of the FIB, Vol. 14, March 2013, ISSN 1464-4177, pp.19-28, DOI: 10.1002/suco.201200022

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

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., PUKL, R., TEPLÝ, B., LEHKÝ, D., ŠOMODÍKOVÁ, M., DOLEŽEL, J., Reliability and Durability of Concrete Structures under Complex Conditions, CONSEC 2013, September 23-25, 2013, Nanjing, China, paper

PROSKE, D., KURMANN, D., ČERVENKA, J., Seismische Tragfaehigkeit eines Stahlbetongebaudes, Beton- und Stahlbetonbau, 108 (2013), Heft 8, DOI: 10.1002/best.201200080

PRYL, D., MIKOLÁŠKOVÁ, R., PUKL, R., Modeling Fatigue Damage of Concrete, Key Engineering Materials Vols. 577-578 (2014) pp 385-388, (2014) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.577-578.385

PRYL, D., PUKL, R., ČERVENKA, J., Modelling High-cycle Fatigue of Concrete Specimens in Three Point Bending, Life-Cycle and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems – Strauss, Frangopol & Bergmeister (Eds) © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-62126-7, pp 1303-1306

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

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

ŠMILAUER, V., JENDELE, L., ČERVENKA, J., Prediction of Carbonation and Chloride Ingress in Cracked Concrete Structures,  CC2013, Sardinia, Italy, Civil-Comp Ltd, 2013, paper CC2013/2012/00123


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