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A Method of Form Selection for Large Scale Structures

[+] Author Affiliations
Damiano Pasini, S. C. Burgess, D. J. Smith

University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Paper No. DETC2002/DTM-34011, pp. 117-125; 9 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 14th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology, Integrated Systems Design, and Engineering Design and Culture
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 29–October 2, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3624-X
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


This paper presents a new method for modelling the efficiency of large-scale structural forms. Parametric equations, which include all design parameters and also the effect of buckling, are developed. Shape transformers, envelope efficiency parameter and scaling factor are introduced to describe the geometrical properties of cross-sections and to allow interaction between form and cross-sectional shape selection. Design charts provide insight and understanding and assist the selection of different structural concepts at the preliminary stage of design.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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