The project is focused on building performance simulation and new fabrication techniques for the application of “smart materials” in architectural construction.
Industrial Partners: Blumer Lehmann, White. The ability to simulate material performance, parametrising and calculating material properties as design drivers present new perspectives in structural and material thinking. By understanding materials not as static or inanimate, but as engaged by complex behaviours, material performance is regarded as one of the richest sources of innovation. New structural paradigms are emerging that integrate material performance such as active bending.
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.
This research project examines how complex simulation based design can be communicated both internally within the design teams and externally with partners such as clients or public administration.
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.
Dimitrie is a maker of tools, architect, designer and programmer. He is finding and speculating new overlaps between the web, code and design challenges.