Topology optimisation of algorithmically generated space frames

P Shepherd, William Pearson

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Abstract

This paper outlines a simple method for algorithmically generating efficient space-frame geometries. By using Conway operators, the top and bottom surface of a shell-like space frame is generated, and these two layers are then linked together to form a structurally sound space-frame. The structural performance of the frames is then improved by applying existing structural layout optimisation methods, resulting in an efficient and elegant way of generating efficient and elegant structures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2013
EventInternational Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013 - Wroclaw, Poland
Duration: 23 Sep 201327 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013
Country/TerritoryPoland
CityWroclaw
Period23/09/1327/09/13

Keywords

  • Topology, Layout, Optimisation, Subdivision Surface, Space Frame, Conway Operator, Computation, Geometry

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