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2013 IASS Annual Symposium: Beyond the Limits of Man


IASS Symposium 2013

SESSION: Pier Luigi Nervi: Heritage, Design Approaches, Structures

Pier Luigi Nervi’s reduced scale models for HP shells

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  • Proceedings Name: 2013 IASS Annual Symposium: Beyond the Limits of Man
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Pier Luigi Nervi: Heritage, Design Approaches, Structures
  • Pages: 8
  • Title: Pier Luigi Nervi’s reduced scale models for HP shells
  • Author(s): NERI, Gabriele
  • Keywords: Pier Luigi Nervi, hyperbolic paraboloid shells, structural modeling, reduced scale models, ISMES, computer, FEM
Abstract
Through the analysis of two case studies – the design of St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and Newark International Airport (NJ) – the author underlines the role of reduced scale models in Pier Luigi Nervi’s work and his approach to the design of HP shells during the Sixties. The paper, derived from the author’s PhD thesis, is based on wide-ranging research carried out in various archives in Italy, Europe and the U.S. The last part of the paper also reveals how design methods for shells were changing fast in those years, thanks to the development of computers and FEM.

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