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Robotic simulation of textile as concrete reinforcement and formwork

Lu, Xiao, Dounas, Theodoros, Spaeth, Achim Benjamin, Bissoonauth, Chitraj and Galobardes, Isaac 2017. Robotic simulation of textile as concrete reinforcement and formwork. Presented at: CAADRIA 2017, Suzhou, China, 5-8 April 2017. Published in: Janssen, Patrick, Loh, Paul, Raonic, Aleksandra and Schnabel, Marc Aurel eds. Protocols, Flows, and Glitches - Proceedings of the 22nd CAADRIA Conference, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China, 5-8 April 2017. Hong Kong: The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Researchin Asia (CAADRIA), pp. 863-872.

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New possibilities of concrete constructions in architecture, the traditional formwork can be gradually replaced by the use of flexible textile. At the same time textile reinforcement combined with fabric formwork, introduces an innovative integrated solution in the fabrication of concrete. Based on a simple understanding of the textile weaving and knitting techniques, this project concentrates on the architectural production and the structural optimization of the textile as both concrete reinforcement and formwork. Furthermore, we present a robotic simulation of the process that develops using a series of computational experiments to research the sequence of weaving and/or knitting. Through the computational process and the design simulations, the research is firmly rooted in analog and digital exploration of material and its implementation in architecture, with particular emphasis on the convergence of robotics and computation. Note that the paper deals mainly with the software and weaving simulation as part of a larger research project, without dealing with the production of physical artefacts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Researchin Asia (CAADRIA)
ISBN: 978-988-19026-8-9
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 01:45

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