Positioning FEM in the Tranformation of Spatial Design to Structural Design

H. Hofmeyer, M.C.M. Bakker

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Abstract

In the field of architecture, structural topology is the set of locations, types (i.e. beams, columns), and ar-rangements of structural elements. To help the architect in understanding the structural topology for his spatial design, research exists that studies the process of the transformation of a spatial design into a structural design. If the Finite Element Method (FEM) is applied in this research, two problems can occur: (1) how to transform a topology in a me-chanical system and FEM-input and (2) how can FEM support qualitative design decisions. In this paper, it is tried to define these two problems more clearly by developing data(EXPRESS)- and process(IDEF0)-models for three trans-formations: From structural topology to mechanical system, from mechanical system to finite element model, and from finite element model to design recommendations. A six-level apartment building is used as a case study to test and sup-plement the data- and process-models for all three transformations. It can be concluded that the data- and process models are useful at their abstract level, but that many problems at lower abstraction levels remain to be solved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th CIB W78 Conference: Bringing ITC Knowledge to work, 26-29 June 2007, Maribor, Slovenia
EditorsDanijel Rebolj
Place of PublicationStuttgart
PublisherIbidem-Verlag
Pages515-522
ISBN (Print)978-961-248-033-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event24th International CIB W78 Conference, June 26-29, 2007, Maribor, Slovenia - Maribor, Slovenia
Duration: 26 Jun 200729 Jun 2007

Conference

Conference24th International CIB W78 Conference, June 26-29, 2007, Maribor, Slovenia
CountrySlovenia
CityMaribor
Period26/06/0729/06/07
Other"Bringing ITC Knowledge to Work"

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