The funicular concept can be best described and visualized with cables or chains, suspended from two points, that adjust their form for any load in tension. But funicular structures may also be compressed like arches. Yet, although funicular tension structures adjust their form for pure tension under any load, funicular compression structures may be subject to bending in addition to compression since their form is rigid and not adaptable. The funicular line for tension and compression are inversely identical; the form of a cable becomes the form of an arch upside-down. Thus funicular forms may be found on tensile elements..
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