Stretch fabric structures undergo significant deformation to support applied loads, usually due to wind or snow.
This requires a nonlinear geometric analysis capability. Determining an appropriate balance shape for a structure is a crucial part of the design process, affecting aesthetics, function and technical performance.
Having accurate manufacturing data is essential to the construction of stretched canvas structures. The solution remains in the use of a common finite element model from which all membrane, cable and connection component geometries are taken.