Abstract

Conventional structural design proceeds by establishing a rough geometry for a structure, determining internal forces, and sizing members to resist these forces. This design process assumes effectively infinite supplies of standardised elements. There are some cases, however, where structural materials are available in strictly finite quantities, or may not be processed into standard sections. In these instances, conventional design approaches are slow or ineffective, requiring time-consuming trial and error to develop viable designs, or not finding solutions at all. This paper proposes new computational design strategies to help designers match finite sets of diverse structural elements with desired structural forms. The methods proposed build on algorithmic techniques developed for the Bin- Packing Problem. Two key applications are discussed: the reuse of steel elements from deconstructed structures, and the use of unsawn round timbers in spatial structures.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2017
EventIASS Annual Symposium 2017: Interface: architecture, engineering, science - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 25 Sep 201727 Sep 2017

Conference

ConferenceIASS Annual Symposium 2017
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period25/09/1727/09/17

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    Bukauskas, A., Shepherd, P., Walker, P., Sharma, B., & Bregula, J. (2017). Form-Fitting Strategies for Diversity-Tolerant Design. Paper presented at IASS Annual Symposium 2017, Hamburg, Germany.