Three—Dimensional Systems and Special Problems

  • Donald L. Dean
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 203)


Although continuum mechanics is much better developed than discrete field mechanics, there is available only a small number of useful three dimensional solutions in the continua; however, it is relatively easy to write discrete field solutions to a variety of functional three-dimensional lattices and two such systems will be analyzed briefly in this section. A three dimensional system is one for which three coordinates are required to locate a typical node. This is as distinct from a latticed shell for example which is a space structure of only two dimensions as regards the number of surface or projected plane coordinates required to define a typical node. (Latticed shells are often improperly designated as three dimensional structures).


Ground Motion Typical Node Cable Tension Latticed Shell Ground Excitation 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald L. Dean
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  1. 1.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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