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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 4/5
PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPUTING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper XVI.1

Minimal Surfaces for Finding Forms of Structural Membranes

L. Grundig

Institute for Applications of Geodesy, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
L. Grundig, "Minimal Surfaces for Finding Forms of Structural Membranes", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 109-114, 1987. doi:10.4203/ccp.4.16.1
Abstract
A solution strategy for computing surfaces based on minimal area calculation is described which shows a number of advantages compared with other strategies. It is derived from a discrete network type formulation of the shape and its properties. Any air inflated structure might be formulated in this approach and the definition of the boundary of the surface is not limited to fixed geometrical values but also allows for free boundaries defined by cable forces.

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