Form-finding and analysis of bending-active systems using dynamic relaxation

Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, L. Rhode-Barbarigos

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Abstract

A common challenge for architects and engineers in the development of structurally efficient systems is the generation of good structural forms for a specific set of boundary conditions, a process known as form-finding. Dynamic relaxation is a well-established explicit numerical analysis method used for the form-finding and analysis of highly non-linear structures. With the incorporation of bending and clustered elements, the method can be extended for the analysis of complex curved and bending-active structural systems. Bending-active structures employ elastic deformation to generate complex curved shapes. With low computational cost, dynamic relaxation has large potential as a design and analysis technique of novel large span structural systems such as spline stressed membranes and small scale robotics, bio-mechanics and architectural applications made of novel materials such as electro- Active polymers (EAP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTextile Composites and Inflatable Structures VI - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structures Membranes 2013
Pages51-61
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event6th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structural Membranes 2013 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Oct 9 2013Oct 11 2013

Publication series

NameTextile Composites and Inflatable Structures VI - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structures Membranes 2013

Other

Other6th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structural Membranes 2013
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period10/9/1310/11/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites

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    Adriaenssens, S. M., & Rhode-Barbarigos, L. (2013). Form-finding and analysis of bending-active systems using dynamic relaxation. In Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures VI - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structures Membranes 2013 (pp. 51-61). (Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures VI - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structures Membranes 2013).