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Thermal performance exploration of 3D printed cob

Gomaa, Mohamed, Carfrae, Jim, Goodhew, Steve, Jabi, Wassim ORCID: and Veliz Reyez, Alejandro 2019. Thermal performance exploration of 3D printed cob. Architectural Science Review 62 (3) , pp. 230-237. 10.1080/00038628.2019.1606776

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This paper investigates the thermal properties of 3D printed Cob, a monolithic earth construction technique based on robotically extruded subsoil and locally available organic fibres. The relevance of 3D printed earthen construction materials and the transition from vernacular construction towards a digitally-enabled process are critically discussed. The use of robotic manufacturing is outlined and the methodology to produce the necessary samples for thermal measurement is detailed. The results of the 3D printed samples are compared with traditionally-constructed Cob material of the same dimensions. The assessment has revealed strong potential for 3D printed cob as compared to its manually constructed counterparts in terms of thermal conductivity. Moreover, the testing process has helped in identifying several challenges in the 3D printing process of cob and the assessment of its thermal properties, which will ultimately bring the work closer to full-scale applications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0003-8628
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 8 April 2019
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 16:49

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