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Vol. 47 (2006) No. 3 December n. 152


Felix Candela, Elegance and Endurance: An Examination of the Xochimilco Shell

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 47 (2006) No. 3 December n. 152
  • Pages: 271-278
  • Title: Felix Candela, Elegance and Endurance: An Examination of the Xochimilco Shell
  • Author(s): N. Burger and D. P. Billington
  • Keywords: Felix Candela, concrete shell, hyperbolic paraboloid, free edge, creep, shrinkage
Abstract
Studying landmark works of structural engineering is essential to the advancement of the field and to the continuing education of the engineer. This report presents a study of such a structure, Felix Candela’s Los Manantiales shell in Xochimilco, Mexico City. The shell’s structural action is discussed, and then examined through finite element analysis using SAP software. Analysis results are supplemented by field observations of the shell’s current condition, and examinations of archival photos of the shell taken during its construction.

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