Double-curved surfaces using a membrane mould

A.D.C. Pronk, I. Rooy, van, P. Schinkel

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Since Leonardo da Vinci came with his idea for an adjustable mould to make threedimensional curved surfaces people have been searching for a tool like that. This paper gives first the different moulding techniques that have been used to make three-dimensional surfaces with prefabricated elements. Then, the authors describe their own development of an adjustable mould. This moulding technique is based on the manipulation of elastic membranes by inflatables and other objects. The paper describes the way the elastic membrane is manipulated and gives the technical possibilities for making threedimensional curvatures. In the conclusion we prove the feasibility of this technique and show composite elements that have been made for a three-dimensional curved façade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2009
EditorsA Domingo, C Lazaro
Place of PublicationValencia
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventIASS Symposium 2009, September 28-October 2, 2009, Valencia, Spain - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 28 Sept 20092 Oct 2009


ConferenceIASS Symposium 2009, September 28-October 2, 2009, Valencia, Spain
Other"Evolution and Trends in Design, Analysis and Construction of Shell and Spatial Structures"
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