Trussed domes are structures whose general overall shape is that of a dome whose structure consists of a skeletal main framework to carry the internal forces and a skin applied to this frame that creates the actual enclosure. The overall geometric effect of the space enclosed by these domes does not differ substantially from that of a masonry dome, but from a structural point of view there are two distinctly different systems. On the one hand, it could be said that the overall structural behavior of a trussed dome is the same as that of a masonry dome: the zones of compression and tension throughout the dome’s surface are the same in each case. On the other hand, there is a substantial distinction between a continuous structural surface and a discontinuous skeletal structure.


Space Frame Platonic Solid Steel Deck Tension Member Tension Ring 


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  1. 1.
    See Z. S. Makowski, Analysis Design and Construction of Brand Domes (Nichols Publishing Co., 1984), p. 5.Google Scholar
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    Figures 14–2 through 14–8 courtesy of Geiger Engineers.Google Scholar
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    See Z. S. Makowski, Steel Space Structures (Michael Joseph, 1965).Google Scholar
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    Figure 14–12 courtesy of Aerial Photography Services, Inc.Google Scholar
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    Figures 14–15 and 14–17 courtesy Houston Sports Association.Google Scholar
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    Figures 14–18 and 14–19 courtesy Louisiana Superdome.Google Scholar
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    See David H. Geiger, Andrew Stefaniuk, and David Chen, “The Design and Construction of Two Cables for the Korean Olympics” in Shells, Membranes and Space Frames, Proceedings, IASS Symposium, Osaka, Japan, 1986, vol. 2 (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1986).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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