Form finding and analysis of tension structures by dynamic relaxation

Michael R. Barnes

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The paper describes numerical procedures, based on the method of dynamic relaxation with kinetic damping, for the form finding, analysis and fabrication patterning of wide-span cable nets and grid shells, uniform or variably prestressed fabric membranes and battened membrane roofs. The historical development of the method is briefly reviewed and a full description is then given which accounts for cable or strut elements, membrane elements and spline beam elements. All of these elements are implemented in their natural stiffness form allowing for gross geometrical and material non-linearities, with automatic controls to ensure stablility and convergence of the method.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-104
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Space Structures
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999


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