Computational form-fitting with non-standard structural elements

Aurimas Bukauskas, Paul Shepherd, Pete Walker, Bhavna Sharma, Julie Bregulla

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Abstract

Some naturally-occurring materials, such as timber and stone, have inherent structural capacity without the need for costly and energy-intensive processing. However, in their original forms as trees or irregular rubble, these materials are considered useless for structures, primarily because their shapes and material properties are too diverse for conventional structural design methods. This paper introduces an approach for designing viable structural geometries using geometrically and mechanically diverse structural elements. This work focuses on design processes for structures using minimally processed round timbers which are of too small a diameter or are too swept or crooked to be valuable for sawn timber production. The proposed approach could make it easier for engineers and architects to design using low embodied-energy materials such as round timber.

Original languageEnglish
Pages121-122
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventIABSE Conference, Bath 2017: Creativity and Collaboration - Instilling Imagination and Innovation in Structural Design - Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Apr 201720 Apr 2017

Conference

ConferenceIABSE Conference, Bath 2017: Creativity and Collaboration - Instilling Imagination and Innovation in Structural Design
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityBath
Period19/04/1720/04/17

Keywords

  • Computational design
  • Form-finding
  • Non-standard elements
  • Optimization
  • Timber

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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