3D printed nodes for structural steelwork connections in civil engineering and architecture
The development and implementation of digitally controlled production are key drivers for industry. High quality of design, function and durability are sought together with efficient material use and production. For the built environment, the scale and limited possibilities for repeatability of buildings and infrastructure have restricted this development.In architecture, tools for parametric geometry modelling have been developed that enable quick testing of alternative geometries. In parallel computational tools have been developed that can support the architect´s broad search for optimal solutions for light, sound, material efficient form, etc. A promising tool is the particle based peridynamics. One major benefit, compared to the finite element method, is the ability to easily handle discontinuity and cracking. The method also allows a rapid reconfiguration of body geometries, a central feature in an iterative design process, effectively linking the mechanical analysis to both design and additive manufacturing.This project aims to develop peridynamics to integrate design, analysis and additive manufacturing with application to 3D printing of metal. Mechanical joints are often both geometrically complex and subjected to varying loads, with a scale and a complexity that is appropriate for the development of mathematical tools that can integrate architectural design with computational analysis and additive manufacturing.
- Foster and Partners (Private, United Kingdom)
- Tyréns AB (Private, Sweden)
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Artistic Professor, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural Theory and Methods
Chris Williams’ research hinges on the relationship between geometry and structural action as applied to towers, bridges and fabric and shell structures, as well as the response of these flexible...
Senior Lecturer at the division of Material and Computational Mechanics, Department of Industrial and Materials Science
Professor, division of Materials and manufacturing, Industrial and materials science, Director of CAM2: Centre for Additive Manufacture - Metal
Eduard Hryha is researcher in powder metallurgy and metal additive manufacturing. He is also director of CAM2 (https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/cam2/Pages/default.aspx ) - competence centre...
PhD Student, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural Theory and Methods, Architecture and Engineering Research Group
Jens is a PhD student within the Architecture and Engineering Research Group. He graduated from Chalmers in 2014 with a double degree: MSc in Structural Engineering and a Master of Architecture. His...
Professor in Architecture and Engineering, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural Theory and Methods, Architecture and Engineering Research Group
Karl-Gunnar Olsson is Professor of Architecture and Engineering and heads the research group Architecture and Engineering. He’s background is Structural Mechanics. He is also Head of the double...