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Numerical Formulations for the Prediction of Deformation, Strain and Stress of Un-patterned ETFE Cushions

Lookup NU author(s): Nicola Bartle, Professor Peter Gosling


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ETFE cushions are increasingly being used to form high-profile facades and structural forms. This investigation aims to extend an analytical theory of large deformation in order to predict the shape and stress distributions of an un-patterned square ETFE cushion without the need to resort to discretised numerical methods. In order to assess the validity of the theoretical procedure a prototype cushion has been analysed using a finite element simulation. The theoretical procedure is also compared with alternative approximate equations proposed for the design of ETFE cushions.

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Author(s): Bartle NJ, Gosling PD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Computers, Materials & Continua

Year: 2010

Volume: 20

Issue: 1

Pages: 19-62

Print publication date: 01/11/2010

ISSN (print): 1546-2218

ISSN (electronic): 1546-2226

Publisher: Tech Science Press


DOI: 10.3970/cmc.2010.020.019


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