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Build a toolbox to analyse structures that exhibit geometric non-linearity due to large deflections.
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Build your own complete 3D structural analysis software in Python using the Direct Stiffness Method
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Build a sophisticated structural analysis software tool that models beams and frames using Python.
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In this course, we’ll expand beyond what we covered in our study of 2D non-linear cables by adapting the tools we built previously, for the analysis of non-linear 3D cablenet structures.
However, instead of just modifying our existing code, we’ll spend time fleshing out a complete workflow that takes you from initial form-finding of cablenet geometry, right through to iterative stiffness method simulation to identify the cablenet deflections and tension profile.
If you’re intrigued by these elegant and efficient structures and want to understand how to analyse their behaviour, this course is for you. Keep in mind that the tools developed in this course are not meant to be a replacement for commercial non-linear solvers. Our objective is to build your understanding of the behaviour of cablenet structures and geometric non-linearity more generally. The best way to do this is to roll up your sleeves and build your own solver.
After taking this course, you’ll be able to use commercial software which much greater confidence now that you understand what’s happening behind the scenes. The code developed within each section of the course is also provided for download as a reference.
This course is divided into 8 sections:
The final code will be capable of handling structures like the one pictured above that consist of a mixture of axially loaded cable (tension only) and bar (tension and compression) elements. Our solver implements an iterative algorithm, so a solution that converges is not always guaranteed! We’ll be leaving the relative comfort and certainty of linear analysis behind!