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Patterns of arches

The patterns are flat pieces that once joined come as close as possible to the warped surface (not flat) of a membrane. This means that if the membrane was completely rigid (i.e. had no deformation) what we would get would be a faceted surface: a surface made up of flat triangles joined on their sides. Fortunately, the textile membranes support small deformations that are used to provide continuous warped surfaces. This happens …Read More

Pattern Types

Patterning is one of the basic tasks of designing tensile membrane structures. It is also one of three modules of WinTess software shown in top bar. The usual way to transform a warped curved surface in flat strips (patterns) is doing by triangulation. It is the easiest and most used way. In another post in this blog (cross compensation) we already discussed triangulation of patterns. Given that membrane is delivered …Read More

Cross compensation

The common way of patterning of a tensile membrane is to break down to triangles which are always flat (see the below figure). This series of adjacent triangles is called as pattern. It is obvious that the triangles are defined by the sides, and these are straight segments while the membrane surface is curved (almost always double curvature). Therefore triangles are always smaller than the area representing membrane. The program …Read More