Simulation for Design

Simulation for Design

Current methods for simulation assume single scale engagement across separate phases and exclude the simulation of material and fabrication processes. Recent research identifies new opportunities for simulation to link the design of material with the design of structures. This creates new implications for material deployment that necessitate new methods for analysing, specifying and controlling fabrication.

The topic is tackled in the innochain Workpackage 4, which will examine how simulation can be used as a means to cross between scales and synthesise material performances with machine-driven processes.

The Workpackage is lead by the KTH School of Architecture.

research projects

ESR06- MULTI SCALAR MODELLING FOR BUILDING DESIGN

Author: Paul Poinet

Industrial Partners: Buro Happold, designtoproduction. Investigating multi scale modelling principles for architectural design. Multi-scale modelling is an interdisciplinary research topic in which systems are modelled at multiple scales and interfaced enabling the modelling of low scale systems to parametrisise and inform high scale systems . The project investigates multi scalar modelling as a means to support iterative build-up of knowledge in the design process in which highly specified material simulations interface with open ended design models. read more

Keywords: · Multi Scalar Modelling · simulation · timber

ESR07- SIMULATING ANISOTROPIC MATERIAL

Author: Efilena Baseta

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. read more

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ESR08- VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING FRP

Author: James Solly

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. read more

Keywords: · CFRP · Coreless Filament Winding · ESR08 · GFRP · itke · Robotic · Stuttgart

ESR09- SIMULATING CONCRETE FORMWORK

Author: Vasily Sitnikov

The PhD student will investigate and develop methods for the simulation of formwork in architecture. This will entail research into the transformation between states of fluidity and solidity germane to casting, the dynamic relationship between casting material, formwork and environmental factors, and the architectural possibilities and consequences. read more

Keywords: · Buro Huppold · concrete casting · digital simulation · KTH · material performance · nonrepetitive ‎fabrication

ESR10- SIMULATING ROBOTIC FEEDBACK

Author: Giulio Brugnaro

This project investigates real-time and real-matter feedback in robotic manufacturing for design. read more

Keywords: · carving · craftsmanship · fabrication · Machine Learning · robotics

ARTICLES

#iceformwork – A New Type of Formwork for Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Author: Vasily Sitnikov

  In order to minimize the amount of cement involved in concrete constructions, the concrete industry today chooses to reduce the share of cement in the total mass of concrete. This approach leads to lower mechanical properties of concrete, resulting in thicker floor slabs and massive beams. An alternative strategy is to increase the share... read more

Keywords: · concrete casting · digital simulation · formwork4concrete · free complexity · freeform · iceformwork · material performance · material science · postdigital · UHPC

Adaptive Robotic Training for Subtractive Manufacturing

Author: Giulio Brugnaro

  Integrating sensing with robotic fabrication procedures, the research wants to investigate potential methods for analysing qualitative material feedback and integrate them into the design environment as the fabrication unfolds. To achieve this, the research proposes the development of an adaptive framework for subtractive fabrication strategies where the stages of design and fabrication are not... read more

Keywords: · Bartlett · big · innochain · manufacturing · robotics · rok

Wood veneer digital and physical experimentation

Author: Efilena Baseta

Simulating Anisotropic material // wood veneer digital and physical experimentation from efilena baseta on Vimeo. This research investigates solutions to design a real time, adaptive to weather conditions self standing system, perceiving structural elements as soft robotic actuators triggered by shape changing materials. By applying hierarchical structural material systems to fibrous composites, self actuation can... read more

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The Elytra Filament Pavilion at the Vitra Campus

Author: James Solly

Relocating a Modular Fibrous Pavilion Following it’s highly successful premiere at the V&A Museum in London, the Elytra Filament Pavilion was demounted, transported to southern Germany and reinstalled at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. The Vitra Campus is a field of experimentation for architecture and design and world renowned for its exquisite accumulation... read more

Keywords: · CFRP · ESR08 · GFRP · itke · robots in architecture

Multi-Scalar Modelling for Free-form Timber Structures (ESR 6)

Author: Paul Poinet

ESR6 – MULTI SCALAR MODELLING FOR BUILDING DESIGN   AUTHOR: Paul Poinet Multi-Scalar Modelling for Free-form Timber Structures (ESR 6) from Innochain Research on Vimeo. Ongoing research on the modelling of free-form timber structures across scales. An abstract network is projected onto a master surface and generates information required for further fabrication: maximum bending radii,... read more

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ELYTRA FILAMENT PAVILION

Author: James Solly

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is the central installation of the Engineering Season at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which highlights the creative potential of integrated design engineering through a series of exhibitions and events. read more

Keywords: · analysis · CFRP · Coreless Fibre Winding · ESR08 · GFRP · itke · material performance · robotics