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Design of Tensile Structures in Chennai

A 3 month course to show you how to design tensile structures using RFEM. The main aim of this course on Membrane Structures is to impart knowledge and proficiency to the participants so that they can design lightweight structures to meet rising demand of the modern architecture.

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Rohit Mali

William O'Neil India


Dhiraj Satghare

RD Civil Solution

Acharya Shrimannarayan Polytechnic

Namrata Rao

Piaggio & C. S.p.A.

Rajeev Gandhi College of Engg and Research Institute

Siddhi Parab

C.C Engineers

lokmanya tilak college of engineering

Anil Katarkar

3D engineering


Bhavesh Kumbhare

Dar Al-Handasah Engineering company

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University

Akash Bhadkumbe


Dr. D Y Patil College of Engineering & Innovation, Varale

Madhura Joshi


Government Polytechnic Ratnagiri


This course is full of best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry experts in the form of videos and projects

Course Overview

  • With the growing importance of modern architecture, membrane structures have gained popularity.
  • Membrane structures design requires more expertise beyond the conventional engineer’s scope.
  • As the name says, it deals more with the analysis of the membranes where membranes were least covered in the civil engineer’s practice.
  • The main aim of this course on membrane structures is to impart knowledge and proficiency to the students so that they can design lightweight structures to meet the rising demand of modern architecture.
  • The concepts covered in this course include
    • Overview, History & Evolution 
    • Conceptual Understanding of FEM Elements 
    • Introduction to RFEM Program 
    • Form Finding Methods 
    • Implementation on RFEM 
    • Materials 
    • Structural Analysis 
    • Patterning 
    • Examples on Patterning 
    • Tensile Structures under Uncertainties 
    • One Complex Example

Course Syllabus in Chennai

On a daily basis we talk to companies in the likes of Tata Elxsi and Mahindra to fine tune our curriculum.

Week 01 - Course overview, History & Evolution

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Overview of tensile membrane structures
    • History & evolution
    • Types of tensile structures
    • Behaviour and mechanism of membrane structures

Week 02 - Conceptual understanding of FEM Elements

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
    • FEA elements & their behavior - 1D, 2D, & 3D
    • Degrees of freedom
    • Stages of FEM - Pre-processing, computation, & post-processing
    • Types of loads
    • Types of supports
    • Concept of stiffness and stiffness matrix formulation
    • Understanding results
    • FEM for tensile membrane structures
    • Types of analysis

Week 03 - Introduction to RFEM Program

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Introduction to RFEM 
    • Modelling, analysis, & design of steel structure

Week 04 - Form finding methodology and Methods

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Conceptual Development of Tensile Membrane Structures
    • Continuum Mechanics
    • Principle of Virtual Work
    • Finite element discretization of membrane structures
    • Form Finding
    • Structural Analysis
    • Cutting Patterns
    • Module Requisites

Week 05 - Form Finding Methods

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Concept of Minimal Surface
    • Methodologies - Physical Models, Soap films, & Computational methods
    • Geometric Non-linearity
    • Categorising Form-finding methods
    • Force Density Method
    • Assumed Geometric Stiffness Method
    • Updated Reference Strategy Method
    • Form-finding Vs Form-dictating
    • Searching for equilibrium prestress
      • Number of form-finding steps
      • Elastic Control
      • Element Size Control
    • Projection Method
    • Tension Method

Week 06 - Implementation of RFEM

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Prelimnary Form-finding
    • Default Form-finding
    • Comparison of GSM Method, Hybrid Method, and Analytical Method
    • Form-finding of Cone structure Demonstration

Week 07 - Materials

  • In this session, you will learn about
    • Isotropic and Orthotropic materials and its applications
    • Different materials available in the market
    • Demonstration with different materials

Week 08 - Structural Analysis

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Structural Analysis of membrane structure for dead, live, and wind loads
    • The wrinkling phenomenon of membrane structures
    • Demonstration of Analysis of membrane structures for a existing structure

Week 09 - Patterns

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Cutting Pattern Phenomenon
    • Approach
    • Cutting Lines
      • Planar
      • Geodesic lines
    • Flattening Procedure
      • Mathematical flattening
      • Physical flattening
    • Special requirements of flattening procedure
      • Effect of Orthotropic directions
      • Seamlines compatibility
      • Compensation
      • Assembly Allowanes - Welding Requirements
    • Evaluation of cutting patterns

Week 10 - Examples on Patterning

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Patterning procedure with RFEM
    • Demonstrating Patterning of a Cone structure

Week 11 - Tensile Structures under uncertainties

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Understanding on CFD
    • Theoretical Wind Simulation using CFD on membrane structures

Week 12 - One Complex Example

  • In this session, you will learn
    • Modelling & Form finding
    • Results & Patterning

Our courses have been designed by industry experts to help students achieve their dream careers

Industry Projects in Chennai

Our projects are designed by experts in the industry to reflect industry standards. By working through our projects, Learners will gain a practical understanding of what they will take on at a larger-scale in the industry. In total, there are 2 Projects that are available in this program.

Perform Form-finding and Structural Analysis Structure of Multiple Masts

This project will teach the students, how to find the geometric position of a membrane where the surface stress is in equilibrium with the natural and geometric boundary conditions.

Model a Membrane Roof with Cables

In this project, the students will be asked to model using form-finding tools and create the cutting patterns for a structure. This will help them to gain knowledge on planar cutting patterns when a structure is subjected to prestress.

Our courses have been designed by industry experts to help students achieve their dream careers

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