Structural Tests on the Suspen-Dome System

by Mamoru Kawaguchi, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Masaru Abe, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Tatsuo Hatabo, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Ikuo Tatemichi, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Satoshi Fujiwara, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Hiroaki Matsufuji, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Hiroyuki Yoshida, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,
Yoshimichi Anma, Hosei Univ, Tokyo, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


The 'suspen-dome' system, which the authors have developed, consists of a single-layer truss dome and a cable structure. The present paper deals with the results of structural tests conducted on this suspen-dome system. The test models used were circular, with a diameter of 3.0 m. Brass pipes were employed for the single-layer trusses, and steel rods for the cable systems. The results of the tests, by controlled loading, confirmed that the incremental axial stresses in the dome truss members were smaller in the suspen-dome than in the single-layer truss dome. In the buckling test, the suspen-dome was found to have a buckling load 1.5 to 1.8 times that of the single-layer truss dome.

Subject Headings: Cables | Suspended structures | Load tests | Trusses | Domes (structure) | Steel structures | Steel pipes

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