Architectural hybrid material composites: computationally enabled techniques to control form generation.

Berdos, Yorgos, Agkathidis, A, Chen, Cesar and Brown, Andre
(2019) Architectural hybrid material composites: computationally enabled techniques to control form generation. Architectural Science Review.

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This paper explores the potential for new hybrid composite material applications in Architecture by re-thinking the role of fabrication in the process of form-generation. Our work presents the development of composite materials system consisting of two, flexible materials, which, when acting together allow for variable states of stiffness and gain structural capacity through the process of fabrication. This morphogenetic act occurs at the moment of making as a result of the symbiotic interaction between the two materials, their geometric arrangement and the fabrication process. Our aim is to investigate a novel approach for integrated design, where the fabrication process of a composite material actuates and enhances material performance. We are familiar with such enhancement in more conventional architectural applications such as stressed-skin timber construction, foam-metal composite cladding panels and laminated glass-interlayer sheets. However, our process augments current practice by naturally introducing the potential for complex doubly-curved composite elements, and by using the fabrication process itself as a form generator. Our findings document the investigation into mapping between the initial two-dimensional geometries and their resulting three-dimensional doubly-curved forms, as well as accomplishments and products of the resulting, partly serendipitous, design process.

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Additional Information: The paper received it's final accept with revisions due on 20.July.2019. The current paper version in elements is as it was accepted on 21.May.2019
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 15:53
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 10:02

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