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Title: Novel deployable membrane structures: Design and implementation
Keywords: Membrane; deployable; butterfly-wing; rapid erection; nonlinear behaviour; prototypes
Issue Date: 16-Oct-2007
Citation: TRAN CHI TRUNG (2007-10-16). Novel deployable membrane structures: Design and implementation. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Membrane structures and deployable structures are two modern construction systems of growing interest. The former can provide large span and light-weight enclosures with striking appearance while the latter can facilitate the transportation and shorten the construction time of the building. This thesis is aimed at proposing and developing two novel deployable membrane systems, named as Deployable strut-tensioned membrane structures and Butterfly-wing structures, which can make use of the advantages of both membrane and deployable structures. In the thesis, structural morphologies and deployment of the proposed structures are introduced and explained. Integrated approach using finite element method is provided to determine the equilibrium forms and investigate the nonlinear behaviors of these structures. Optimum design parameters are determined for the preliminary design of the structures. Investigation into robustness of these structures against hazards, including vandalism and fire, is also within the scope of the thesis. Prototypes are built to demonstrate the design concept and the deployability of the structures. Finally design guidelines are given for practical applications of the structures. The success of this research provides a breakthrough in the development of both membrane structures and deployable structures.
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