Subject Datasheet

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I. Subject Specification

1. Basic Data
1.1 Title
Cable and Tensile Membrane Structures
1.2 Code
1.3 Type
Module with associated contact hours
1.4 Contact hours
Type Hours/week / (days)
Lecture 2
1.5 Evaluation
1.6 Credits
1.7 Coordinator
name Dr. Hincz Krisztián Gyula
academic rank Associate professor
1.8 Department
Department of Structural Mechanics
1.9 Website
1.10 Language of instruction
hungarian and english
1.11 Curriculum requirements
1.12 Prerequisites
1.13 Effective date
1 September 2022

2. Objectives and learning outcomes
2.1 Objectives
The aim of the subject is to introduce the fundamental concepts of the design and analysis of tensile structures. The main structural types, the different materials, and the most often used numerical methods are introduced. The formfinding methods, the cutting pattern generation, and the structural analysis of membrane structures are presented in detail.
2.2 Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student:
A. Knowledge
  1. knows the main structural groups of tensile structures
  2. knows the advantages and disadvantages of the different tensile structures
  3. knows the main steps of the design and analysis of tensile structures
  4. knows the most often used numerical methods for the analysis of tensile structures
  5. knows the main properties of the membrane materials
B. Skills
  1. can design basic membrane structures
C. Attitudes
  1. aims at accurate and flawless problem solving
D. Autonomy and Responsibility
  1. is able to individually think over structural design problems of tensile structures and to solve them using the given resources
2.3 Methods
Lectures with theoretical knowledge and computational examples, written and oral communication, use of IT devices and techniques, optional practice problems solved individually.
2.4 Course outline
HétElőadások és gyakorlatok témaköre
1.Tensile structures, Introduction
2.Cables, cable nets
3.Membrane structures, Inflated structures
4.Tensile membrane structures, design steps
5.Formfinding, numerical methods
6.Cutting pattern generation
7.Static analysis
8.Wind load, wind tunnel tests
9.Wind load, CFD
10.Membrane materials
11.Membrane materials
12.Model making
13.Model making
14.Preliminary examination

The above programme is tentative and subject to changes due to calendar variations and other reasons specific to the actual semester. Consult the effective detailed course schedule of the course on the subject website.
2.5 Study materials
2.6 Other information
2.7 Consultation

The instructor is available for consultation during office hours, as advertised on the department website. Special appointments can be requested via e-mail:

This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
2022/2023 semester I

II. Subject requirements

Assessment and evaluation of the learning outcomes
3.1 General rules
3.2 Assessment methods
Evaluation formAbbreviationAssessed learning outcomes
Oral examVA.1-A.5; B.1; C.1; D.1

The dates of deadlines of assignments/homework can be found in the detailed course schedule on the subject’s website.
3.3 Evaluation system
3.4 Requirements and validity of signature
3.5 Grading system
excellent (5)80-100
good (4)70-79
satisfactory (3)60-69
passed (2)50-59
failed (1)0-49
3.6 Retake and repeat
3.7 Estimated workload
contact lessons28
preparation for the exam28
3.8 Effective date
1 September 2022
This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
2022/2023 semester I