The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 68 (1990) > Issues > Issue 12 > The Generation of a Class of Structural Forms for Vaults and Sails
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The Generation of a Class of Structural Forms for Vaults and Sails

A method is presented for the derivation of structural forms for vaults and sails which are to be designed to carry one dominant load case-dead load in the case of a heavy vault or wind load in the case of a sail. A stress function is used to describe the state of stress in the vault or sail. The stress function is derived from the Biot-Savart law used in electromagnetic theory. C.J.K. Williams