Some of us from the Architecture and Engineering Research Group visited the IASS Symposium 2017 at HCU in Hamburg 25-28 September.
I presented my paper Prestressed gridshell structures I have written along with Mats Ander, Paul Shepherd and Chris Williams.
The paper describes a method for the form finding of shell structures composed of both compression and tension members which may lie in one layer or two layers. The length of some of the members can be constrained to a fixed length yielding some control of the resulting form found shape. The form finding is accomplished by adjusting the nodal positions until an equilibrium state is reached using dynamic relaxation. If part of a structure is unstable due to compression forces, then a negative mass must be used in the dynamic relaxation. The length constraint is met by adjusting the force density during form finding, again using dynamic relaxation. Finally, case studies are presented where the applied load and the prestress is used to govern the form found shape.
The full paper can be found here.