Finite Element Analysis
Load Analysis is a computer simulated function performed within Finite Element Software. Its purpose is to provide a stress analysis of the fabric membrane and support systems.
This system allows for the accurate sizing of structural steel members and attachment details. During the Load Analysis function the fabric membrane and support systems are subjected to a series of computer simulated environmental conditions.
From the simulation we can identify stress points in the membrane canopy and support structure. Having identified these aspects under simulation, we can manipulate the shape of the structure to reduce high stress points.
When the shape of the membrane is finalized, the Load Analysis software will be used again to accurately determine the size of the structural support framework, cables and struts for the structure. Upon completion of the Load Analysis, reaction forces are summarized in tabular format.