Form-Finding Analysis of Tensioned Fabric Structures Using Nonlinear Analysis Method
Nonlinear analysis method is one of the earliest methods proposed for form-finding analysis of tensioned fabric structures. However due to some inherent weaknesses, the method has not been fully developed. In this paper, computational strategies for form-finding analysis of tensioned fabric structure using the nonlinear analysis method has been proposed. For the purpose of verification, form-finding analysis on numerical examples of tensioned fabric structures in the form of minimal surfaces Catenoid, Helicoid, Scherk and Enneper have been carried out. Both the obtained shape and pre-stress pattern have been checked with classical solutions for the above minimal surfaces for verification of the effectiveness of the proposed computational strategies.
Chaohe Chen, Yong Huang and Guangfan Li
H. M. Yee et al., "Form-Finding Analysis of Tensioned Fabric Structures Using Nonlinear Analysis Method", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 243-249, pp. 1429-1434, 2011