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Final Colloquium – Tom Godthelp
May 23 @ 14:00 - 16:00
Timber Reciprocal Frame Structures
Reciprocal Frame (RF) structures are feasible by means of circulating compression or tension interactions between their constituent members. This relation indicates that beam depths and connections correlate to an RFs’ structural geometry. Till date, a combination of RF form finding that regards both beam depths and structural design of connections has not yet been developed. Although researchers developed computational form finding methods to create geometrical solutions and described the global structural design, computational complexity may have prevented a direct inclusion of detailing in the overall RF design. This research presents a new RF form finding method that includes the structural design of beam dimensions and detailing. The study covers the complete design to production process and enables to build a new type of timber structures.