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On the equilibrium of simplicial masonry structures

de Goes, Fernando and Alliez, Pierre and Owhadi, Houman and Desbrun, Mathieu (2013) On the equilibrium of simplicial masonry structures. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 32 (4). Art. No. 93. ISSN 0730-0301.

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We present a novel approach for the analysis and design of self-supporting simplicial masonry structures. A finite-dimensional formulation of their compressive stress field is derived, offering a new interpretation of thrust networks through numerical homogenization theory. We further leverage geometric properties of the resulting force diagram to identify a set of reduced coordinates characterizing the equilibrium of simplicial masonry. We finally derive computational form-finding tools that improve over previous work in efficiency, accuracy, and scalability.

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Owhadi, Houman0000-0002-5677-1600
Desbrun, Mathieu0000-0003-3424-6079
Additional Information:© 2013 ACM. Thanks to Etienne Vouga for early discussions and data, David Bommes for his IPOPT wrapper, and Keenan Crane for making the igloo model. Partial funding was provided by NSF grant CCF-1011944, ERC Starting Grant “Robust Geometry Processing” (257474), and gifts from Pixar Animations Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
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European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant "Robust Geometry Processing"257474
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Subject Keywords:architectural geometry; discrete differential geometry; geometry processing; orthogonal reciprocal diagram
Issue or Number:4
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Official Citation:de Goes, F., Alliez, P., Owhadi, H., Desbrun, M. 2013. On the Equilibrium of Simplicial Masonry Structures. ACM Trans. Graph. 32, 4, Article 93 (July 2013), 10 pages. DOI = 10.1145/2461912.2461932
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:29 Aug 2013 23:04
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