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Optimal Forms of Arch Structures

Researcher: Asal Pourngshaband
Project duration: 3 years
Supervisor: Professor Wada Lewis
Funding body: University of Warwick

Project Description

Conventional arch structures are one of three types: circular, parabolic, or catenary. None of them are optimal forms. The proposed research engages in form-finding of arch forms to produce structures that are optimal for any ratio of self weight to imposed loading, where the term 'optimal' means a natural structural form, efficient in material usage, durable, and aesthetically pleasing.