form finding

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Term: form finding

Form finding is the process by which the optimal shape and size of a structure is defined so as to withstand loads with an efficient employment of material.


Form finding of shell structures is achieved by determining the structural form such that a specific design load produces only membrane stresses and null bending, twist, and out-of-plane shear.

Created 2023.04.13
Last Modified 2023.04.13
Contributed by Courage Bear

Agreed! Form-finding has less to do with member sizing and way more abound "tuning" form - Peaceful Panda 2023.04.18

Form finding is not about finding something optimal, and is not about sizing. - Faith Eagle 2023.04.14

Hi, what do you mean by size? - Joy Falconer 2023.04.14