ESR07- SIMULATING ANISOTROPIC MATERIAL


ESR07- SIMULATING ANISOTROPIC MATERIAL
ESR: Efilena Baseta
ESR NUMBER: ESR7
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS: Cloud9 + Blumer Lehmann
INSTITUTE: Ioa
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Description:

Load bearing structures generally show preferred directions for channelling internal forces that depend on geometry and prevailing support conditions (anisotropy). Current material practice does not take advantage of anisotropic material properties. However, anisotropy can be designed by placing oriented fibres in a matrix that glues them together (e.g. wood, bone), introducing small scale geometric modulations (e.g. corrugation) or differentiating material density (e.g. porosity gradient) and are interesting models for material optimisation. This project delivers new methods for simulating anisotropic materials. Finite Element Method (FEM) forms a proven and reliable method for anisotropic simulation. However these are computationally heavy and lack the flexibility to deal with complex geometries efficiently. With a focus on timber lamination, this project will develop new intuitive and light-weight parametric design methods that combine with structural assessment tools allowing design solutions to be optimised in respect to the interrelation between structural geometry, fabrication constraints, production cost and structural performance.

Efilena Baseta

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IOA / ESR07- SIMULATING ANISOTROPIC MATERIAL

Efilena Baseta is an architect engineer, studied in the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), with a Master degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Her interest lies in exploring material behaviors, physically and digitally, in order to create real time responsive structures. Since 2014 Efilena is a partner of Noumena, an… read more

 

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Author: Efilena Baseta

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Blumer Lehmann secondment

Author: Efilena Baseta

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