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Is a dome really the most efficient way to contain gas in a vacuum?

It all depends on the material. A dome/balloon is mechanically same thing as an arch, just loaded in the opposite way. The material of a balloon is all under tension, the material of a masonry arch is ...
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Is a dome really the most efficient way to contain gas in a vacuum?

Engineering Trade Offs Everything in Engineering is about trading something for something else (cost for time, strength for weight, etc.) In the 1960s, solar panels and grow lights were both immature ...
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Is a dome really the most efficient way to contain gas in a vacuum?

Technically, assuming the dome was made of a material strong enough to hold in the air, and the internal atmospheric pressure doesn't get too high, the dome should keep from exploding. The main ...
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Is a dome really the most efficient way to contain gas in a vacuum?

Structures under internal vacuum or compressive loads can be fairly complex to analyse, as they can buckle. Structures under tension or internal pressure are much simpler. These structures use ...
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