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Degree course in tensile structures?

 
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sushant_goel
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:10 pm    Post subject: Degree course in tensile structures? Reply with quote

Dear Sefians,
Hello to all! I have completed my Bachelors in civil engineering last month. Now, I want to pursue a full time degree course in tensile and membrane structures.
I searched for the available courses on tensile and membrane structures but could find only 2 courses - one in Germany and other in Vienna (both were distance education courses).
Please suggest a full time course on tensile and membrane structures......(India or abroad)
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Sushant Goel
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Dr. N. Subramanian
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Degree course in tensile structures? Reply with quote

Dear Er Goel,

See:http://www.membranestructures.de/index.php?id=6

I also request you to contact Prof.  René Motro, Université Montpellier  who is an expert on tensile structures.
Département de recherche en Mécanique et Génie Civil
CC 048 Place Eugène Bataillon
34095 Montpellier cedex 5
France
Institution: l'Université Montpellier II
Phone: 04 67 14 45 32
FAX: 04 67 14 45 55
E-Mail: motro@lmgc.univ-montp2.fr

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sushant_goel wrote:
Dear Sefians,
Hello to all! I have completed my Bachelors in civil engineering last month. Now, I want to pursue a full time degree course in tensile and membrane structures.
I searched for the available courses on tensile and membrane structures but could find only 2 courses - one in Germany and other in Vienna (both were distance education courses).
Please suggest a full time course on tensile and membrane structures......(India or abroad)
Best Regards,
Sushant Goel
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sushant_goel
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: Degree course in tensile structures? Reply with quote

Dear Dr Mani,

Thank you very much for your reply!

I will definitely write to Prof.  René Motro, Université Montpellier.

"http://www.membranestructures.de/index.php?id=6"
I have already seen this link before. Its a part-time course/distance education course.

Sir why is it so that there are hardly any masters courses available for tensile/space/spatial/membrane structures?

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Sushant Goel
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,
as you already know there are two courses, i wouldn't bother to tell you about them, but for the sake of others who read this post they are:

http://www.ims-institute.org/

http://mls.tuwien.ac.at/

Your other question was about why there are no permanent courses. The reasons are as below:


  1. It is a very specialised field, having limited application
  2. It involves complex geometry (usually non-linear, doubly-curved), which means designing is complex, The algorithms are complex (non-linear equations required), The behaviour of the material is non-linear (fabric is not elastic..) and the installation is equally difficult. This means that there are a variety of specialists required for this field.
  3. The specialists being - people who are into advanced mathematics for designing the software for such applications, specialists in the field who design / engineer these kind of structures, specialists who detail such structures, specialists who test and predict the behavior of the fabric, specialists who install these kind of structures. All for a short duration project, which means that they are quite out of work most of the time, and hence tend to charge more for their work as the quantum is less... which brings more people who think its a profitable field and more unscrupulous people percolate.
  4. All these "specialists" cannot be employed at an institute, all the time, since they have projects and work of their own and careers of their own. Hence they can only be got together for a short while and hence the nature of these kind of courses.

Beyond this also, just like higher sciences held by few people, they are stubbornly insecure, and hence quite unwilling to share information (as they earn by whatever specialisation they have acquired by all the years). This is the reason why there are so few courses.


I hope i answered your question - albeit a bit late (i see you asked it in 2011).
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