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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Historical Structures

Scale models for spatial structures from the 19th to the 21st century

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Historical Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Scale models for spatial structures from the 19th to the 21st century
  • Author(s): Eberhard Moeller
  • Keywords: scale models, physical models, testing models, measurement models, spatial structures, structural design, structural modeling, form finding
Abstract
Several structural designers and engineers of the 19th and 20th century like Antoni Gaud・ Pier Luigi Nervi, Eduardo Torroja, Fritz Leonhardt, Felix Candela, Frei Otto or Heinz Isler used physical models up to scale 1:1 for designing as well as for structural analyzing some of their well-known spatial structures. Physical models make structural behavior obvious and comprehensible not only for experts, whereas mathematical or numerical models often are considered to represent a black box system. One main intention of this paper is to spread but even more to collect scattered and perhaps nearly forgotten information about still existing as well as about unfortunately lost physical and measurement models for spatial structures from all over the world in order to found and fill an international database about such models. The database will be useful for organizing exhibitions or even museums about the works of civil engineering.

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