Timber gridshells are a very efficient way of covering large spaces while also providing a unique
architectural and material quality. As this can still be considered an emergent technology, the design
of such buildings has relied on a relatively substantial amount of experimental work.
This thesis, upon reviewing the design and construction processes of previous timber gridshells, puts
forward a structural model that aims to represent the true nature and specifics of single and doublelayered
timber gridshells. The parametrically determined geometry of a computational prototype is
described and used as a basis for a non-linear elastic numerical analysis.
Particular attention is given to modelling the connections between the timber laths that provide
composite bending action in a double layer grid. The deformation behaviour and the imperfection
sensitivity are assessed with a view to understanding how gridshells respond under different
A new gridshell will inevitably be analysed with computer software, but the information presented in
this dissertation will be useful for scheme design as well as the calibration of the computer analysis.
|Date of Award||31 Dec 2012|
|Supervisor||Christopher Williams (Supervisor) & Richard Harris (Supervisor)|
- non-linear analysis
- computer analysis