Hi Kiwi Team,
I’m a bit lost modelling a tent with bending active beams when it comes to formfinding of the membrane. My design steps are
Bending straight rods into an oval shape by contracting cables (the beams are not coupled)
Clamping the ends to simulate a closed curve and adjoining prestressed cables to push the rods into the desired tent-shape
Adding the initial shape of the membrane (using "Automatic Edge Surface“ from Pufferfish plug-in) and edge cables
Formfinding membrane with the beams as elastic support: The three membrane patches are supposed to be connected and shall have a sliding connection with the beams (simulating the beam in a pocket)
I have difficulties applying all necessary coupling and sliding boundary conditions. So far I either get weird results or no results at all.
All in all the analysis is time consuming (many and slow iteration steps). Is there a possibility to improve that (I’m using Windows, Rhino 6, Kiwi 0.5.0)? And unfortunately I couldn’t find a documentation in the download Folder. As I’ve read in other posts here, there should be one.
Kiwi_bending active tent.gh (129.3 KB)
I’m looking forward to your support!