Mechanical Behavior of Polyhedral Frames


This research investigates the mechanical behavior of funicular polyhedral frames designed by 3DGS.

Although 3DGS allows exploring static equilibrium of variety of non-conventional funicular solutions in three dimensions, it does not include material properties and self-weight of the members. Therefore, the mechanical behavior of the spatial funicular forms must be evaluated using additional analytical models based on the assigned material properties and various loading cases other than the design loads. The primary objective of this research is to:

  • validate the results of the applied 3DGS using numerical calculations;
  • define the type and magnitude of the internal stresses under various loading scenarios their self-weight, ultimate load-bearing capacity, and failure mechanism;
  • and predict the failure mechanisms and suggest possible improvement in the system.