Easily determine the stresses, tensions, and reactions for tensile structures
MPanel FEA determines the fabric stresses, cable tensions, and corner reactions for a tensile structure under different loading conditions. This is a specialized problem, as the solution has to cope with orthotropic material properties, fabric wrinkling, slack fabric, slack cables, and large structure deformations.
The FEA interface has been designed to simplify the analysis problem to a series of easily understandable steps.
Powerful finite element analysis engine
MPanel FEA connects a powerful finite element analysis engine with an easy to understand user interface, to give you a robust solution to non linear FEA. The MPanel FEA interface reads a standard MPanel model and builds an FE model ready for analysis. Then the solver is run, to determine the model displacements for the load conditions, such as wind effects and snow cover. MPanel FEA works with both AutoCAD and Rhino.
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Below you will find links for a document that discusses the application of finite element analysis to models designed with MPanel. The .pdf document is available for both Imperial and Metric measurements.
Applying FEA to a Tensile Structure – Imperial