Design of Counterstressed Cable Structures

by Dennis Clarke, Lect. in Civ. Engrg.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., The Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 11, Pg. 2259-2278

Document Type: Journal Paper


An approximate method of analysing counterstressed parabolic cable structures is developed and used to analyse a cable truss, a cable net, and a two-way cable grid. The significant displacements and force actions derived in this way compare favourably with more exact analyses of the same structures. Problems associated with the proportioning of hanging and bracing cables are considered and some aspects of the design of a three-way cable grid are given.

Subject Headings: Cables | Structural analysis | Grid systems | Paraboloid | Trusses | Displacement (mechanics) | Professional societies | Bracing

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