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Numerical Formulations for the Prediction of Deformation, Strain and Stress of Un-patterned ETFE Cushions

N.J. Bartle1, P.D. Gosling1

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE17RU

Computers, Materials & Continua 2010, 20(1), 19-62.


ETFE cushions are increasingly being used to form high-profile facades and structural forms. This investigation aims to extend an analytical theory of large deformation in order to predict the shape and stress distributions of an un-patterned square ETFE cushion without the need to resort to discretised numerical methods. In order to assess the validity of the theoretical procedure a prototype cushion has been analysed using a finite element simulation. The theoretical procedure is also compared with alternative approximate equations proposed for the design of ETFE cushions.


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N. . Bartle and P. . Gosling, "Numerical formulations for the prediction of deformation, strain and stress of un-patterned etfe cushions," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 20, no.1, pp. 19–62, 2010.

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