TWA Hangars of Thin Shell Design

by Roney A. Heinz, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 1, Pg. 55-59

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: TWA hangars at the Kansas City International Airport match the shape of the giant jets. The design molds hyperbolic paraboloid concrete shells into an efficient shop area. Since the design is rather unconventional and utilizes ultimate strength designs, a sophisticated series of tests were conducted on scale models of the hangars. The model tests were valuable but could not solve or even point out all of the problems. Construction phases established that fact.

Subject Headings: Shell structures | Structural engineering | Hangars | Hyperbolic parabolic shells

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