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Amazing Thin Shells—Strength from Curvature

Lecture no. 21 from the course: Understanding the World's Greatest Structures

Amazing Thin Shells—Strength from Curvature

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.


January 20, 2017