Analysis of continuous folded plate surface
Beaufait, Fred W
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The folded plate surface is a shell developed by a series of flat plates, monolithic in the longitudinal direction and supported by transverse diaphragms or bents ( Figure 1). Because the folded plate surface offers numerous architectural, structural and economical solutions to the problem of large, clear spans, interest in this structural system has increased within the past ten years. Although this type of structure has been used primarily in the construction of long-span roofing and flooring systems, the folded plate surface has many other possible applications. Design techniques have been developed but only for the single-span folded plate surface. This dissertation presents an extension of the folded plate theory for the analysis of the continuous folded plate surface. In addition, a computer program written for the solution of selected folded plate surfaces is described and experimental verification of the folded plate theory for single and continuous span surfaces is established.
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