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Timber Post-formed Gridshell: Digital Form-finding / drawing and building tool.

Pone, Sergio; Colabella, Sofia; D'Amico, Bernardino; Fiore, Andrea; Lancia, Daniele; Parenti, Bianca


Sergio Pone

Sofia Colabella

Andrea Fiore

Daniele Lancia

Bianca Parenti


Summary: This research deals with design, structural analysis and construction of timber post-formed gridshells. Starting from the scale modelling experience, from 1:20 to 1:1 scale, a digital form-finding strategy was early developed with a Building Process Finite Element (FEA) simulation (GBP-FEAs), with which a real scale experimental structure was designed (and built). Then in a further experimentation building the digital form finding was performed with aid of a graphical algorithm editor (Gfft – Gridshell form finding tool), that uses generative algorithms. At present time both strategies are used together: with the Gfft a “correct” form – and the correspondent flat square mesh - is searched, structural analyzed and improved; then GBP-FEAs finding out the resulting stresses ratio at every deformation stage. The next goal to achieve is the development of an integrated software to design a “correct” gridshell without any knowledge of FEA or graphic algorithms software's.

Conference Name International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2013 - BEYOND THE LIMITS OF MAN
Start Date Sep 23, 2013
End Date Sep 27, 2013
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Mar 22, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 22, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Timber post-formed gridshell; digital form-finding; form-improvement; generative tools; free form construction;
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Contract Date Mar 22, 2016


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