Bending-active membrane structures

This research develops a new hybrid form finding and numerical modeling approach for combined tension and bending elements, building upon and extending the existing form finding framework. Through case studies, the possibilities and advantages of integrating bending-active elements ("splines") in membrane structures will be investigated and demonstrated.


Van Mele T., De Laet L., Veenendaal D., Mollaert M. and Block P.Shaping tension structures by actively bent linear elements,International Journal of Space Structures,28(3): 127-135,2013.
De Laet L., Veenendaal D., Van Mele T., Mollaert M. and Block P.Bending incorporated: designing tension structures by integrating bending-active elements,Proceedings of Tensinet Symposium 2013,Istanbul, Turkey,2013 (May).


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