Behavior of the frames of large-span metal domes in the process of their installation

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Goal. The goal of this paper is to characterize the process of forming the frames of large-span metal domes during assembly process. The load-bearing structural schemes during the assembly of frames differ from those, adopted for their analysis and design. Due to this fact, initial internal forces appear in the structural elements of frameworks that are called assembly forces. Geometric schemes of dome frameworks and the principles of their formation are described for ribbed domes, ribbed domes with annular rings and lattice domes. It is shown how lattice dome frameworks are formed and why they are considered as spatial bar systems. Specific features of the structural solutions for single-layer and double-layer frameworks are described. It is noted that the technological scheme for the assembly of structures of large-span metal domes depends on the structural systems of frameworks and on the methods of their erection. A brief description is given of differrent methods for erecting frameworks of large-span metal domes and of the number of temporary supports and mechanisms used in this process. Review. Different methods of erection are illustrated with the examples of several well-known dome structures built in the world. The evaluation of the influence of each process on the behavior of structures during the installation is given. The nature of the work of individual structures and a frame is described for the process of erecting large-span metal domes. The emphasis was made on the significant differences in the nature of work of structural systems of dome frame-works with different ways of their installation. Research. Computer models of the lattice metal domes are made of steel I-bars with rigid connections at the joints. Additional models were created for incomplete frameworks to study alternative ways of erection. For each assembly model of the dome framework, computer analysis was performed for the action of its self-weight. Stresses in the structural members, obtained as a result of the analysis, were compared with the stresses in the corresponding elements of the design model of the framework under the self-weight. Conclusions. The conclusion is made that the stresses in the elements of frameworks of the large-span metal domes are unavoidable when they are erected. The necessity of compulsory analysis of frameworks for erection conditions in the design of large-span metal domes was noted.

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Evgeny V Lebed

Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (National Research University)

Author for correspondence.
26 Yaroslavskoye Shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation

Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Associate Professor, Department of Metal and Wooden Structures


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