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Vol. 51 (2010) No. 1 March n. 163


Structural Optimization of Félix Candela’s Hypar Umbrella Shells

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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. 51 (2010) No. 1 March n. 163
  • Pages: 59-66
  • Title: Structural Optimization of Félix Candela’s Hypar Umbrella Shells
  • Author(s): P. Draper, M. E. M. Garlock and D. P. Billington
  • Keywords: Candela, concrete shell, hyperbolic paraboloid, structural optimization
Abstract
Concrete hyperbolic paraboloid umbrella shells designed and built by Félix Candela served as models for this structural optimization study. Finite element analysis and optimization of these models provide insight into how a structural artist designed his structures. Moreover, properly combined with an understanding of shell behavior, this study used modern computational tools to show how a new design could aid contemporary engineers in designing optimum types of thin shell concrete structures.

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