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Jan Knippers

Jan Knippers

Jan Knippers specialises in complex parametrical generated structures for roofs and fa├žades, as well as the use of innovative materials such as glass-fibre reinforced polymers.

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ESR12- MATERIAL GRADIENT FRP

ESR12- MATERIAL GRADIENT FRP

Current practices emphasise the stiffness of material to ensure structural performance. Building systems such as louvers or other adjustable shading systems and employ mechanical means to activate change.

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ESR08- VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING FRP

ESR08- VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING FRP

Current practice uses digital fabrication technologies to optimise standardised fabrication processes. Often accompanied by trial-and-error approaches, the limits of digital fabrication methods are quickly reached without a thorough understanding of the strength and limits of the forming processes and the materials.

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Concept of Isogeometric Analysis –  ESR1

Concept of Isogeometric Analysis – ESR1

Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) is an emerging technology driven by the present gap between the simulation of structural analysis (FEA) and design software (CAD). IGA is a promising new topic in computational mechanics and was first introduced in 2005 by Thomas J. R. Hughes.

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ESR01- MULTIPLE STATES OF EQUILIBRIUM FOR BENDING-ACTIVE (TENSILE) STRUCTURES

ESR01- MULTIPLE STATES OF EQUILIBRIUM FOR BENDING-ACTIVE (TENSILE) STRUCTURES

Bending-active tensile (BAT) structures introduce a recently new integrative solution into the field of lightweight architecture. This combination of bending-active elements with a tensile element generates challenges for designers due to the complexity in the necessary integrated form-finding and analysis simulations combined with the reciprocal equilibrium, as well as the high level of detail required in fabrication and erection of these form-active structures. These BAT structures remain a challenge, but current developments in CAD and CAE allow designers to engage in that complexity and generate new architectural and structural possibilities in simulating and generating geometry. The research aims to develop an integrated process interface from design to analysis for BAT structures and to explore its potential for architectural design culture.

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