By Rene Motro

ISBN-10: 9812837205

ISBN-13: 9789812837202

The structural morphology operating crew of the foreign organization for Shell and Spatial buildings, based in 1991, has helped to release a number of overseas seminars, newsletters and particular classes of overseas meetings dedicated to structural morphology. This e-book includes papers which were chosen both for his or her primary contribution to structural morphology or for his or her genuine pertinence within the box. Polyhedral geometry, double-curved surfaces, organic constructions, foldable platforms, form-finding recommendations, and loose shape layout are a few of the themes incorporated within the contents of this booklet. The paintings awarded during this e-book is the results of greater than 15 years of research via researchers, engineers, mathematicians, and designers, who proposal that conceptual layout would receive advantages from the organization of separate fields (geometry, biology, and mechanics) in a holistic approach. each point of structural morphology is illustrated by way of a number of chapters of the ebook. so far as we all know, there are few books - maybe none - that assemble all features of structural morphology, no matter if, for example, there are lots of books at the geometry of polyhedra. moreover, readers can have entry to a wide record of chosen references, in an effort to open the scope in their bibliography.

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It can be substituted structurally by a virtual plane plate which is located according to some simple static considerations. The considered plates are curved with straight generators, such as cylindrical, conical and HP-shapes. , a vertical cylindrical wall is placed between two horizontal plates (slabs) in a building, where the lower plate is stabilized for all horizontal forces and the two lower ends of the curved plate stands on vertical columns. The task is then to find the horizontal straight line in the upper plate where the curved plate resists external load.

Topological relations and relations of order are nevertheless of great importance in the properties shown by certain systems. Interesting results can be shown in particular on the basis of the relational structure of a system only; these results show intrinsic properties, that is to say features which are independent of the environment of the system. 2. Design of Structures What methods should be used? The question does not require a single answer. It is first necessary to find the best way of identifying the problems and to show the dominant requirements.

Examples of floral polyhedra of genus zero. Many of these polyhedra are not imaginable with plane facets and straight edges, if they should enclose a volume. (Courtesy of Michael Burt) 5. Infinite Polyhedra Infinite polyhedra are polyhedra, which are produced by sponge-like open polyhedral units. An infinite number of these units are then connected and closed along the open facets in a translational or/and rotational system without any limit, see Fig. 4. The unit is topologically described by the number of handles it will get (= g), if the missing facets on the unit are interconnected and closed with tubes, see Fig.

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