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dc.contributor.authorJones, Cecil Allenen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-01T14:45:16Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-01T14:45:16Zen
dc.date.issued1978en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/64651en
dc.description.abstractAn automated parametric investigation of geodesic domes is conducted in this study. A brief description of the stiffness method of matrix structural analysis is included in addition to a discussion of the fully-stressed design procedure via the stress-ratio method. Automated solution algorithms based on the stiffness method are utilized in the development of WATFIV/FORTRAN computer codes to analyze space trusses and space frames. Several geodesic dome demonstration problems are formulated and subjected to axisymmetric and asymmetric loads to ascertain the three-dimensional load distribution characteristics of these structures. Shallowness effects are investigated and a demonstration problem is modified to determine the load distribution characteristics in a geodesic dome evenly supported about its base perimeter. Analysis results are recorded and presented along with commentary and conclusions. Several suggestions for further study are also provided. The WATFIV/FORTRAN computer code for space truss analysis is modified to include a stress-ratio algorithm for an automated fully-stressed design procedure. Numerical results obtained from a computer-aided design of a geodesic dome demonstration problem are provided in the appendix.en
dc.format.extentxi, 127 leavesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
dc.relation.isformatofOCLC# 39901003en
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1978.J654en
dc.titleDesign and an automated parametric study of geodesic domesen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen
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