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.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Structural Engineering|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1998|