TENSEGRIC SHELLS.

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Abstract

The technical advantage of tensegric shells to overcome problems associated with large span structures is discussed. Possible patterns of bar arrangements and the design of tensegric shells are presented. Their stability conditions are formulated and the implications for indeterminate and determinate shells are discussed. It is shown that, in some cases, statically unstable tensegric shells can be made stable. The effect of external loads applied to tensegric shells is studied and it is shown that in indeterminate shells and in some loading cases the nodal displacements of determinate and statically unstable shells are because of the elasticity of the members only as in the case of ordinary reticulated shells. In most cases, however, applied loads cause large distortions in the configuration of determinate and statically unstable shells because of rigid body movements of their members.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShell Struct, Stab and Strength
PublisherElsevier Applied Science Publ
Pages311-340
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)0853343438
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1985
Externally publishedYes

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