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

S. Adriaenssen, 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
Externally publishedYes
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
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityMunich
Period10/9/1310/11/13

Keywords

  • Bending-active structures
  • Cluster
  • Dynamic relaxation
  • Spline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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