Thrust Network Analysis, a new method for generating compression-only vaulted surfaces and networks was developed by Philippe Block as part of his PhD. Using projective geometry, duality theory and linear optimization, it provides a graphical and intuitive method, adopting the same advantages of techniques such as graphic statics, but offering a viable extension to fully three-dimensional problems.
Form and force diagram, and the resulting compression only network.
Parametric explorations of the indeterminacy of compression-only networks by the modification of the force diagram.
TNA has been used for the structural design of the Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Centre by Architect Peter Rich.
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