Nonlinear deformation analysis of air-dome membrane structures

Hisao Fukunaga, Hideki Sekine, Naohito Saitoh

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The present study treats the nonlinear deformation characteristics of air-dome membrane structures under uniform internal pressure. An incremental load method based on a linear approximation or a mathematical programming method is applied to analyze the nonlinear deformation behaviors by minimizing the potential energy. As examples of numerical analyses, the deformation characteristics are shown for elliptic membrane structures with various kinds of fiber orientation angles, for a membrane structure with an initial deflection, and for cable-reinforced membrane structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number605
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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