Practical methods of shape-finding for membranes and cable nets

R. Levy, W. R. Spillers

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This paper discusses shape-finding for cable nets and fabric structures through the use of nonlinear structural analysis computer programs rather than specialized "black box" software. Methods for shape-finding of membranes and cable nets are presented and a simple yet practical approach to design through the use of geometrically nonlinear analysis is proposed. Two examples - a skylight structure and a hyperbolic paraboloid - are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-468
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Structural Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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