Membrane Forces and Buckling in Reticulated Shells

by D. T. Wright,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 1, Pg. 173-202

Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: The paper presents methods for the analysis of framed structures which behave primarily as shells. Questions of membrane forces, analogous elastic properties, and buckling criteria are treated. The collapse of a 307-ft span reticulated dome in Bucharest in 1963 is investigated, and it is shown that the analyses presented in the paper gives a buckling load which is only approximately one-fifth of the critical load expected by the original designers, but which indeed agrees within 10% with the actual load at failure. Analyses of other important reticulated domes are also given.

Subject Headings: Buckling | Membranes | Failure loads | Critical loads | Failure analysis | Domes (structure) | Shell structures | Frames | Europe | Bucharest | Romania

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