Spherical Shells

  • Michele Melaragno


Most designers would no doubt agree that the most excruciating phase of any project is when one is facing a sheet of paper with nothing yet on it: nothing to develop, nothing to modify, nothing to disagree with. Extending this first stage unduly is obviously to be avoided. It is thus desirable to decide upon a preliminary structure as soon as possible, using whatever means may be available. Doing so is particularly important in structural design because analysis begins from a proposed structure having a known geometry.


Spherical Shell Thin Shell Floor Plan Longitudinal Arch Transverse Arch 
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  1. 1.
    From R. M. Gensert, Uldis Kirsis, and Miklos Peller, “Economic Proportioning of Cast-in-Place Concrete Thin Shells.” ACI Publication SP-28, 1970. Used with the permission of the American Concrete Institute.Google Scholar

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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Melaragno
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of North CarolinaCharlotteUSA

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