SmartNodes: 'Light-weight' parametric structural design process with BESO

Prohasky, D, Williams, N, Crolla, K and Burry, J 2015, 'SmartNodes: 'Light-weight' parametric structural design process with BESO', in Ihsan Mungan and John F. Abel (ed.) Proceedings of the Annual International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS 2015), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17-20 August 2015, pp. 1-12.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title SmartNodes: 'Light-weight' parametric structural design process with BESO
Author(s) Prohasky, D
Williams, N
Crolla, K
Burry, J
Year 2015
Conference name IASS 2015: Future Visions
Conference location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference dates 17-20 August 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Annual International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS 2015)
Editor(s) Ihsan Mungan and John F. Abel
Publisher International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
Place of publication Madrid, Spain
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract This paper includes the documentation of research to overcome the challenges of coordinating architectural and structural initiatives for complex structures in the research project SmartNodes. The technique documented here utilises parametric finite element analysis (FEA), which updates in realtime with qualitative and quantitative structural feedback relayed to the designer. The system is documented with reference to a case study pavilion design, which exemplifies its ability to accommodate freeform flexibility in structures while incorporating complex design tasks such as applying the bidirectional evolutionary structural optimisation (BESO) process to uniquely loaded and hence uniquely shaped nodes. This novel approach was demonstrated through the fabrication of a 1:5 scale prototype of the pavilion. The prototype is composed of 207 standard rectangular section timber beams and 144 3D printed structurally optimised nodes or 'SmartNodes'. To mass produce the structurally optimised nodes, the multidimensional coordination of structural data such as spatial, force and restraint variables needed careful manipulation through two scales, at the level of the beam network and within each 'smart node'.
Subjects Engineering Design Empirical Studies
Architectural Design
Keyword(s) BESO
structural optimisation
smartnodes
parametric structure
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