Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 211–248

Oval Domes: History, Geometry and Mechanics


DOI: 10.1007/s00004-007-0040-3

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Huerta, S. Nexus Netw J (2007) 9: 211. doi:10.1007/s00004-007-0040-3


An oval dome may be defined as a dome whose plan or profile (or both) has an oval form. The word “oval” comes from the Latin ovum, egg. The present paper contains an outline of the origin and application of the oval in historical architecture; a discussion of the spatial geometry of oval domes, that is, the different methods employed to lay them out; a brief exposition of the mechanics of oval arches and domes; and a final discussion of the role of geometry in oval arch and dome design.


oval domeshistory of engineeringhistory of constructionstructural design
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.E. T. S. de ArquitecturaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain