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Fabric formwork is a novel concrete construction method which replaces conventional prismatic moulds with lightweight, high strength sheets of fabric. The geometry of fabric formed structures is therefore dictated by the behaviour of fabric under hydrostatic loading. While there are numerous examples of digital and physical modelling of this problem, there have only been limited efforts to link the two through measurement. In this investigation, a number of small scale fabric formed beams were manufactured using both ‘free hanging’ and ‘keel mould’ methods, and the resulting forms were accurately measured with a digital 3D scanner. Computational form finding tools were also developed, enabling a comparison to be made between the predicted and build geometries. This allowed assessment of both the accuracy of the construction methods and the limitations of the form finding techniques used. The data collected provides a useful assessment of existing form finding techniques and will be used as a reference data set as these are developed further.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2016
Event11th fib International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering - University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 29 Aug 201631 Aug 2016


Conference11th fib International PhD Symposium in Civil Engineering
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  • Fabric formwork
  • Form Finding
  • digital 3d measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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