Robotic 3D printing of concrete building components for residential buildings in Saudi Arabia

Alabbasi, Mohammad, Agkathidis, Asterios ORCID: 0000-0002-0742-5218 and Chen, Hanmei ORCID: 0000-0002-6424-2055
(2023) Robotic 3D printing of concrete building components for residential buildings in Saudi Arabia. AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 148. p. 104751.

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This article presents the development and validation of a design-to-fabrication framework aiming to improve the efficiency of fabricating reinforced concrete building components for housing projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by incorporating 3D concrete printing technology. In particular, the research presents an algorithmic framework to mass customise a typical Saudi Arabian free standing house by utilising parametric modelling, topology optimization (TO), finite element analysis (FEA), and robotic 3D printing tools and techniques. The framework was validated by the fabrication of optimised reinforced concrete columns and by testing their structural performance under the Saudi Building Code (SBC 304). The findings demonstrate the benefits and drawbacks of the proposed framework and compare it to current Saudi conventional construction approaches. The paper also addresses the need for mass customisation in the construction industry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Robotic fabrication, Concrete 3D printing, Housing construction, Prefabricated concrete components, Topology optimisation, Parametric design, Design to fabrication
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 07:28
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2024 02:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2023.104751
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