Glossary Term

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In geometry, a surface is a limitation of space, a simplified display, or a casing of a solid.

Surfaces in general can have many different sizes and shapes – from simple planes, such as walls, slabs or plates, through single-curved cylinders, such as silos, to multiple-curved membrane structures.

For structural analysis, surfaces are generated in the centroidal axis. By defining the thickness and the material, they have their stiffness. Thus, it is possible to determine deformations and internal forces which can be then designed according to the material and standard.


Surface Wall Slab Plate Cylinder Silo


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