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This Wikipedia page provides an overview of tension structures and describes the important architects and engineers who use this form of construction. The page includes the history of tension structures, a discussion of the double curvature minimal surfaces, and an introduction to their mathematical analysis. Numerous drawings and photographs illustrate the page.
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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- General
- Statics of Rigid Bodies
= Equilibrium
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- Mathematics
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Image Credit: Denver International Airport; Image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from July 16, 2010 until August 1, 2010. View the feature here!

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Keywords: Roofs, Structural system, Tensile architecture, Tensile membrane structures
Record Creator: Metadata instance created July 8, 2010 by Foha Rafiq
Record Updated: Aug 02, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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June 18, 2010
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