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Compare its maximum and minimum thrust for different thickness-radius-ratios.
Arch collapse II
the relation of the line of thrust
to a possible collapse mode for an arch on
Explore the infinite possible lines of thrust and understand the influence of geometry on its structural performance.
Erosion will finally cause collapse, but we can
use a thrust line analysis predict at what point
these marvels of nature are in danger.
Arch collapse I
the relation of the line of thrust to a possible collapse mode for an arch on spreading supports.
Not all models have been constructed to be
web-based. See the movie screen captures
for examples of
more advanced models.
Download Java software for your computer (necessary to load the applets).
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building Technology Program
Masonry Research Group