Static behaviour and efficiency of optimised arches against gravitational and inertial loading

Following theme 2, as structural engineers, we need to structurally assess the results from our form-finding algorithms in order to further enhance the optimal forms of the arches by looking at their static behaviour against gravitational and lateral loading. The main objective here is to minimise the principal tensile and compressive stresses by improving the structural geometry accordingly. It is observed that by increasing the cross sectional areas only at specific locations (based on the stress concentrations), the shape can be dramatically more efficient.