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A discrete energy formulation for the definition of optimal tension structures

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Gosling


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Based upon basic energy concepts, a simple method is proposed for the analysis (specifically the more difficult case of form-finding) of cablenet and membrane structures. A truncated strain expression is used to define the total potential energy. By using a comparative approach from finite element techniques it is shown that a pseudo load potential can be defined. The final energy form is minimized using the Powell algorithm. Example solutions are included. © Springer-Verlag 1998.

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Author(s): Gosling PD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization

Year: 1998

Volume: 16

Issue: 1

Pages: 76-80

Print publication date: 01/01/1998

ISSN (print): 1615-147X

ISSN (electronic): 1615-1488

Publisher: Springer