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Symbolic Manipulation as a Tool for Design of Deployable Domes

C. Gantes
A. Giakoumakis
P. Vousvounis
Journal / Anthology

Computers & Structures
Year: 1997
Volume: 64
Issue: 1-4
Page range: 865-878

Deployable structures are prefabricated space frames consisting of straight bars linked together in the factory as a compact bundle, which can then be unfolded into larger-span, load-bearing structural forms by simple articulation. The specific deployable structures investigated in this study are characterized by being self-standing and stress-free when fully closed or fully deployed. In order to achieve this Behaviour, a detailed geometric design is required which consists of deriving and solving sets of nonlinear geometric and trigonometric equations. This application demonstrates the great potential of symbolic manipulation as a tool for engineering design.

*Engineering > Mechanical and Structural Engineering