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Form Finding and structural Optimization of Tensile cable dome using Parametric Modelling Tools

Gonzalez Garcia, I. & Fu, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-9176-8159 (2020). Form Finding and structural Optimization of Tensile cable dome using Parametric Modelling Tools. Structural Engineering International, 31(2), pp. 271-280. doi: 10.1080/10168664.2020.1750937


In this paper, a new framework of form finding and structural optimizations for tensile domes was developed using a cutting-edge parametric modelling tool Grasshopper in Rhino. The detailed exploration of this new techniques is presented. It is found that the use of this parametric tool allows a more intuitive, rapid and flexible design. Structural optimisation of the member sizes, topology and surface can be explored easily at an initial design stage in a project. Therefore, the proposed new framework provides a more effective and efficient way for form finding and structural optimization. Based on the new method, a prototype Tensile dome which is to replicate the existing Tensile Dome Georgia dome is designed and analyzed. The structural behavior of the cable domes is investigated. Using this new framework, two ellipse shape Tensile domes with new geometrical configuration are developed. They exhibit enhanced load bearing capacity, therefore can be used the future long span structure projects.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Structural Engineering International on 19th May 2020:
Publisher Keywords: Form finding, parametric design, force density Method, dynamic relaxation method, Grasshopper
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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