### Iterative Process

Once the structure has been materialized (each bar represents a particular section of a given material), we can begin the process of calculation. So we have three possibilities: Menu Calculate | Iterative process F5 key Button With any of them you get the window that is displayed above this text. This window is the control panel that will…

### Analysis Methods

Tensile structures are structures that have two major characteristics: They may have large displacements under expected loads. They are composed of large amounts of linear objects (bars) or surface (elements) that can only withstand tension. If these objects are subjected  to another type of loads (compression, bending,…),  these objects give up interacting with the structure (bent cables, wrinkled canvas, etc.).…

### Force Density

The most widely used approach and also what the WinTess3 program provides is called Force density within the scope of simulation method (as commented in the introduction). This method is based on studying a mesh that simulates a membrane which is in equilibrium when subjected to forces. Given that the mesh is not a continuous…

This menu is related to processes requiring a numerical calculation: Form finding Analysis Iterative process This opens the window of iterative process for  nonlinear calculation of the structure.   Surface loads The tensile structures analyzed with WinTess3 accept loads on the nodes and on the surface of the membrane. To be able to enter loads on the surface of the membrane,…

### Analysis

How do we analyze? The usual analysis software used in architecture or engineering are generally not suitable for the calculation of tensile structures. Many analysis software are often structured in suit mode which consists of more or less independent modules some including tensile structures. WinTess, on the other hand, is a specialized software dedicated just…

### Safety Factors and Combinations

The WinTess software checks if a structure properly supports the loads applied using the “Ratio” concept. The ratio is a numerical value indicating how close we are or exceed load carrying capacity considering the safety factor of any part of the structure. The value “1” is the maximum limit. If we exceed this value, we…

### How is Wind Action Treated in WinTess?

Preamble WinTess is designed to be used anywhere in the world. Each country has its own standard of construction, therefore, unless all these rules are introduced into the program, it is impossible to meet each user’s own standards. In this sense WinTess facilitates the possibility to manually modify the calculation of wind actions in order…

### Corner Plates

Tensioned membrane surfaces need a perimeter capable of counteracting the tension of the membrane. To do this, you can opt for different possibilities: A fixed edge. Membrane stresses go to another structure: a building, soil,… A hard edge. The membrane stresses are transferred to a component that can support them. The most common one is…