Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 211–248 | Cite as

Oval Domes: History, Geometry and Mechanics

  • Santiago HuertaEmail author


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 domes history of engineering history of construction structural design 

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© Kim Williams Books, Turin 2007

Authors and Affiliations

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

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