Amazing Thin Shells—Strength from Curvature
Lecture no. 21 from the course: Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Thin shells are unique structural elements that use curvature—cylindrical, dome-like, or saddle-like—to attain strength and stiffness. See these three types of thin shells used creatively in buildings ranging from St. Paul's Cathedral in London to the Zeiss planetarium in Germany to the Trans World Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport.