A pulley-based system for the simulation of distributed loading on shell roof structures

H. T. Wong, Jinguang Teng, Z. C. Wang

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In loading tests on shell and other surface structures, it is often necessary to simulate the condition of distributed loading. While a number of methods are available for this purpose, they may be difficult to realize or apply in a specific situation. In this paper, a new loading method based on the use of pulleys is presented, which has a number of advantages over existing methods. Results from calibration tests are given to demonstrate the accuracy of the system. Application of the system in the buckling test of a new shell roof structure is also described to illustrate its effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalExperimental Techniques
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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