Making Blobs with a Textile Mould

A.D.C. Pronk, R. Houtman

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    In the last decade complex buildings i. e. with unregular curved surfaces have been designed. The subject of this paper is the construction of those complex buildings. One of the main characteristics of a membrane structure is its geometrical complexity, which can be seen in multiple curved surfaces and complicated connection elements. Modern sophisticated computer technologies can be used to poduce easily these complex three-dimensional shapes out of flat strips of fabric. Due to a lack of suitable poduction methods the expression of the natural stress flow in supporting and connecting (rigid) structural elements is difficult. This paper assumes that it is possible to achieve the architectural desired free forms by manipulation of structural membranes. To prove that it is possible to achieve the architectural desired free forms different cases are described in which this technique is used. The first case describes the design of an indoor Ski run. The second and third case describes the building of a lightweight stage covering and an art pavilion. In all the three cases physical models have been used in the design phase. The structural design of the membrane mould has been engineered with the program easy. The rigidized structures have been analyzed using different FEM programs for each case. The transformation of a form-active structure (membrane) into a surface-active structure has been researched to make domes ore dome-like structures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Methods in Applied Sciences, Volume 3, Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures
    EditorsO. Eugenio, B. Koplin
    ISBN (Print)14020-3316-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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